Local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, has this week welcomed the latest Quarterly National Household Survey figures from the Central Statistics Office, showing that employment continues to increase strongly with 48,000 more people employed in the year to Q2 2017.
Commenting on the release of the figures, Fitzgerald said “These figures are very encouraging and show that we are on the right path to full employment. My priority as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation is to ensure that more jobs are created across all regions and that the standard of living is improved for all our citizens.
“The latest figures show there are now 85,500 more people employed in the Dublin region since 2012, when Fine Gael launched the first Action Plan for Jobs.
“Unemployment is now at the lowest rate since 2008 at 6.1%, with all regions experiencing a boost in the number of people back at work. The drop in unemployment rate is also being reflected across Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathcoole, Newcastle, Saggart and Brittas also.
“Local unemployment figures have dropped from a high of over 10,500 signing-on in August 2010, to 4959 this month. These are not just statistics - these are neighbours, friends, family members who are contributing to our local communities and economy as well as providing more money for investment in services.
“The continuing decrease in the rate of unemployment, both locally and nationally, has a positive impact on our SMEs and local employers. Only a strong economy supporting people at work can pay for the services needed to create a fairer society. As we know being able to earn a livelihood is all important, allowing people to take charge of their future, to make plans and to have hope and optimism.
“As Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, I am keen to adopt a whole-of-government approach to supporting labour market participation, providing people with the appropriate skills for the jobs market and providing better, more affordable childcare.
“Today’s figures provide evidence of continual structural change in sectoral employment. Employment growth was broadly based in retail and accommodation, industry and ICT and in construction. We must also ensure that a regional spread of enterprise activity is achieved, within the limits that exist to attracting certain types of businesses to different regions.
“The positive results of the latest CSO employment figures are an important contribution to the overall targets the Government has set out in the Programme for a Partnership Government and Action Plan for Jobs. However, the uncertainty in the external environment and the context of Brexit means that vigilance is needed to sustain the pace of jobs growth and to improve our competitiveness.”