Minister Doherty welcomes a fall in the CSO’s monthly unemployment rate to below 6% for the first time in 10 years

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“Very significant progress made in reducing unemployment,” says Minister

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, T.D., has welcomed the latest monthly unemployment figures announced today by the CSO. The monthly unemployment rate has continued to fall month-on-month over the past year to 5.9% in April 2018. This represents a total fall in the unemployment rate of 0.9 percentage points since April 2017 when unemployment stood at 6.8% and is the lowest monthly unemployment rate since May 2008.

Minister Doherty said:

“The figures published today are further evidence that our growing economy is continuing to generate strong employment, and that we have made significant progress in reducing unemployment. Today is the first time monthly unemployment has fallen to under 6% in 10 years.

"This is a significant milestone, considering unemployment was at 16% just six years ago.

“These figures show that the employment supports provided by my Department to both jobseekers and employers are working well. Our activation measures are working well. As Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection I will ensure that the Department continues to provide this wide range of comprehensive supports and services to jobseekers.”

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection


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