Minister of State Kevin Humphreys welcomes latest Live Register figures


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Welcoming the latest Live Register results today, (Wednesday, 29 April 2015), the Minister of State for Employment, Community and Social Support, Kevin Humphreys T.D., said that the range of Government supports for both employers and jobseekers available through the Government’s twin strategies to increase employment – Pathways to Work and the Action Plan for Jobs – is working.

The Minister said: "The statistics published by the Central Statistics Office today show the number of people on the Live Register has fallen to 343,551, which is 45,008 fewer than in April 2014. I am particularly pleased to see that long-term unemployment has fallen from 178,225 to 158,488, a reduction of 11.1% - since this time last year.

Minister Humphreys said: "The Department of Social Protection has a range of schemes and supports in place to assist jobseekers and employers alike. Through JobsPlus, we are currently providing wage subsidies to 3,270 employers who have hired over 4,400 people from the Live Register. I would encourage any jobseeker or employer to contact us to see the range of services we have to offer.

"Staff in each of our Intreo offices throughout the country are meeting with and helping jobseekers find suitable training and employment supports to get back to work. Similarly, they are available to meet with employers and help them source people from the Live Register for their company. I will continue to ensure that the supports are there for jobseekers and for employers. While there is a saving to the Exchequer for every person who leaves the Live Register to take up work, each individual also benefits from being part of the workforce again and not being dependent on the State. The Department will make every effort to enable people on the Live Register to identify and gain the training requirements they need to become job-ready."

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