15 January 2015

Fitzgerald Welcomes Drop in Local Unemployment

- 16% drop in local unemployment in 2014

- CSO figures show 10.6% unemployment rate nationally following continuous decline over the past 3 years

Local TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed this week’s announcement by the CSO that local unemployment has dropped by 16% in the area in 2014.

She said:

“Confirmation of the ongoing fall in local unemployment is a great positive start to 2015 and gives jobseekers confidence for returning to work in the upcoming year. The Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and Pathways to Work initiatives are working, with the IDA reporting an extra 27,000 people in work through their companies.

“Locally those signing on dropped in 2014 by 16% in the main Clondalkin Social Welfare Office. 6,988 were registered in the Clondalkin Office as of December 2014, compared to 8,277 in January 2014. Since this Government was elected in 2011, unemployment in our area has dropped by 34%. While the unemployment figures are still too high, it is a significant improvement from the crisis levels we saw and proof that our economic policies are working,” said Fitzgerald.

“As well as the Government’s ongoing work to help create an environment for sustainable jobs, we are also putting in more supports to help people get back to work in 2015. Applications are now being accepted from this week for the new Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD) Scheme. Under this scheme, Jobseekers and those in receipt of Lone Parent’s Allowance will keep their full qualified child payment for the first year of their new employment and half of it for the second year of employment. Supports like these will help the transition into employment, including self- employment, while new employees find their feet,” concluded Fitzgerald.