Tánaiste welcomes further sharp drop in live register as jobs week continues nationwide


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‘Employment and Youth Activation Charter’ will increase progress

 

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, has welcomed the latest sharp fall in the numbers on the Live Register and said the new Employment and Youth Activation Charter will help further speed up the progress being made in reducing unemployment.

The Minister of State at the Department with responsibility for Employment, Community and Social Support, Kevin Humphreys TD, urged employers to take advantage of schemes like JobsPlus to benefit both their businesses and jobseekers.

Today’s figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of people on the Live Register in September stood at 370,050, a reduction of 38,620 (9%) on September 2013 and 59,285 (14%) on September 2012.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate now stands at 11.1%, down from a crisis peak of 15.1% in 2012.

The Tánaiste said: “Through the Pathways to Work and Action Plan for Jobs strategies, the Government has implemented a series of schemes and supports to grow employment and today’s figures are further evidence of the progress being made. People are returning to work in significant numbers, and as the economic recovery continues to pick up pace, I am confident we will speed up that progress.

“To do so, we will ensure that tackling unemployment remains our key priority. This is Jobs Week, and more than 160 separate events are taking place nationwide to assist jobseekers return to work. In addition, we have launched the Employment and Youth Activation Charter, a major initiative to drive increased recruitment from the Live Register.”

Employers who sign this Charter commit that at least 50% of candidates considered for interview will be taken from the Live Register. They will also implement a selection of measures which seek to prime those who are out of work to take up jobs.

The Charter was proposed by the Labour Market Council, the body of industry and policy experts which was established by the Tánaiste in 2013 to help drive implementation of the Government’s Pathways to Work strategy to tackle unemployment.

Minister of State Humphreys said: "We make the recovery real by getting people back to work and the Live Register figures confirm the progress being made. Working with the Tánaiste, my priority is to ensure that long term unemployed people are part of that recovery, and that is why we are encouraging employers to sign up to the Charter and to make use of the Department’s supports like JobsPlus and our job matching facility for employers through the Intreo service.

"As part of the Department of Social Protection's Jobs Week I am meeting with employers and jobseekers at events across the country and I would encourage all those seeking work, and those seeking staff to engage with their local Intreo office."

ENDS

Last modified:01/10/2014