welcomes further fall in unemployment rates welcomes further fall in unemployment rates, ireland’s specialist auto industry recruitment website welcomed the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office which shows that the number of people who are unemployed is at its lowest level since 2009. Figures published today by the CSO confirm the rate in June stands at 9.7%.

The seasonally adjusted figure for the number of people who were unemployed in June fell by 500 month on month. While the percentage figure remains the same as the revised May figure, it is down significantly on the same period last year, when the unemployment rate stood at 11.4%.

The figures released today are the second set of Monthly Unemployment figures from the CSO and they show that the number of people unemployed stands at 208,100 in June.

They also show that the percentage of males who are unemployed has dropped slightly to 10.8%, while the percentage of unemployed females remains unchanged at 8.3%. The figures also show a continuing decline in unemployment among the under-25s.

The Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD said, “There are 35,900 more people at work now compared to June last year. This is very welcome news for those individuals, their families and their wider communities. But, there is still much more to be done to ensure that every person who wants a job can access a job by 2018.”

Minister Nash continued, “Yesterday Government colleagues and I launched the Regional Action Plan for Jobs for the Midlands, which is the first of a series of 8 regional plans aimed at significantly increasing the creation of jobs in every part of Ireland. I believe these plans, playing to the strengths of each of our regions and aimed at improving collaboration between our agencies, local authorities and the private sector, will also help us in securing quality jobs right around the country.”

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD told us: “Every extra job created is a life back on track, a family improved, a community changed. And it is only through sustained job-creation that we can grow tax revenues and ultimately put money back into people’s pockets through income tax cuts. That is why since day one this Government has placed jobs at the heart of everything we do, through the Action Plan for Jobs and Pathways to Work strategies.

“Recent CSO figures show that since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012, 105,000 additional people are at work in net terms, meaning that we have hit our target of 100,000 new jobs 21 months ahead of schedule.

“The challenge now is to drive on to achieve sustainable full employment– a job for everyone in the country not just in 2018, but for years and decades to come. Twice in my lifetime I have seen full employment achieved, only to be squandered through poorly planned, boom-bust policies. I am determined to put in place plans to ensure that doesn’t happen again.

“We still have a long way to go, but today’s figures give us further confidence that if we continue to implement our plans, we can deliver sustainable full employment, and ultimately improve people’s lives right across the country”.

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