Fine Gael TD for Wexford, Minister Michael D’Arcy, has said that the Live Register is continuing to decline in Wexford as we see record unemployment figures nationally.
Minister D’Arcy said: “The CSO reported this week that the monthly unemployment rate has dropped consistently over the past year and has now fallen to 5.3%, as of October 2018.
“There are now about 29,000 fewer people out of work in Ireland compared to October 2017 and it is It is almost eleven years since the unemployment rate was so low.
“Wexford is benefitting as the CSO also reports consistent decline in the Live Register figures showing the number of persons on the Live Register in October 2018 is at lowest number since May 2008.
The Live Register has declined by 16% on an annual basis and by 55% since Fine Gael launched the first Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012.
“In Wexford the number of people on the Live Register has declined 54% since Fine Gael launched its Action Plan for Jobs in 2012.
The breakdown is Enniscorthy 50%, Gorey 51%, New Ross 54% and Wexford 58%.
“My colleague the Minster for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty has this week highlighted a number of initiatives in her Department to support and help people to enter, or return to, the workforce.
“The Youth Employment Support Scheme for example was launched in September and is targeted exclusively at young jobseekers, aged 18 to 24, who are either long-term unemployed or face significant barriers to employment.
“JobsPlus, which was introduced in July 2013, provides a direct monthly financial incentive to employers who offer full-time employment opportunities to long-term unemployed people.
“The scheme was further enhanced from 1 January 2018 to support workers aged 50 or over. Almost 16,000 have been employed through the scheme in 2017 and 2018 (to September).
“The recent CSO figures are really positive for communities across Wexford, as every job created has a positive knock on effect for local businesses and services.”