Tánaiste welcomes continuing fall in unemployment

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Tánaiste welcomes continuing fall in unemployment
Demonstrates success of the Pathways to Work approach

Tuesday, 30 June 2015: Commenting on the monthly labour market figures published by the Central Statistics Office today, the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D. has welcomed the continuing fall in unemployment, saying the success of Government strategies to create jobs and help people back to work is now clear.

The number of people unemployed stood at 208,100 in June, a decrease of 35,900 compared to June 2014. The unemployment rate now stands at 9.7%, down from a crisis peak of 15.1%. 
The Tánaiste said: “The Government’s twin strategies to restore jobs and help people back to work - Pathways to Work and the Action Plan for Jobs - are reaping dividends.  Ireland’s recovery continues to strengthen and many individuals and families who had experienced the scourge of unemployment are now returning to work.  We are also continuing to make positive inroads into tackling youth unemployment since we introduced the Youth Guarantee.  Today’s figures show that the youth unemployment rate in June is 19.8%, compared to a crisis peak of 31.2% in July 2012. We've much further to go, but we can be absolutely confident that we are on the road to full employment by 2018.

“Pathways, overseen by my Department, is particularly important in terms of the employment and financial supports being made available to jobseekers and employers alike. The Back to Work Family Dividend and JobsPlus are extremely successful in helping employers and jobseekers get back on the employment ladder. These supports provide that essential cushion to allow the employer and jobseeker alike to take the steps necessary to start a new business, venture into self-employment, take on extra staff or join the workforce."
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