Tánaiste welcomes latest CSO figures which show 32,400 fewer people unemployed year-on-year


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Commenting on the monthly labour market figures published by the Central Statistics Office today (Wednesday, 5th August 2015), the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D. has said the continuing fall in unemployment shows the success of the Government’s continued efforts to create jobs and help people back into work.

The number of people unemployed in July was 208,900, a decrease of 32,400 compared to July 2014. The unemployment rate stands at 9.7%, down from a crisis peak of 15.1%.

The Tánaiste said: “The Government’s strategy to restore jobs and help people back to work, through Pathways to Work and the Action Plan for Jobs, is getting results. We’re driving ahead as the fastest growing economy in the EU, and since the peak of the crisis, more than 110,000 additional people have returned to work, with unemployment having fallen by a third. The unemployment rate of 9.7% is down from 11.2% this time last year, and from over 15% at the peak of the crisis. We are well on the way to achieving full employment by 2018.”

The Tánaiste highlighted the success of specific initiatives to combat long-term unemployment, including the JobsPlus employer incentive scheme. 

JobsPlus has been operational since July 2013, and provides a direct monthly financial incentive to employers who recruit employees from those who are long term on the live register. It provides employers with two levels of payment:

  • €7,500 over two years where a jobseeker who is 12-24 months on the Live Register is recruited, and
  • €10,000 for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 24 months.

The Tánaiste said: “We have far surpassed the initial target of supporting 2,500 jobseekers into work through JobsPlus. At the end of June, 3,797 employers were receiving a payment in respect of 5,179 employees under the scheme, and over three in five of those supported under JobsPlus were unemployed for two years or more.”

“I would encourage employers and jobseekers to contact their local Intreo Office for further information on the JobsPlus scheme.”

ENDS

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