Live Register reductions a further sign of economic and employment progress


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Tánaiste: Aim now is to reduce unemployment below 10% over next 12 months

Minister Humphreys: €1bn-plus on employment supports in 2015

The latest Live Register figures continue to highlight the progress being made in growing the economy and reducing unemployment, Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., has said.

The Tánaiste was speaking together with the Minister of State with special responsibility for Employment, Community and Social Support, Kevin Humphreys T.D., following the publication of the Live Register data by the Central Statistics Office.

The figures show that the number of people on the Live Register fell by 37,882 to 358,630 in October 2014, a reduction of 9.6% on the corresponding month last year.

The Tánaiste said: "These are once again hugely encouraging figures, showing that the Pathways to Work strategy to reduce unemployment is making significant progress. In the first 9 months of this year, over 100,000 people have left the Live Register to take up employment. Unemployment is down from a crisis peak of 15.1% to 11% now, and, critically, the pace of the reduction is accelerating.

"This demonstrates firstly that the overall work the Government has done to stabilise the economy and restore growth is now paying off at speed. More specifically, it shows the critical importance of the Pathways strategy, which helps jobseekers return to work, training or education, and the Action Plan for Jobs overseen by Minister Richard Bruton, which is driving a range of reforms to boost job creation. Getting unemployment below 10% over the next 12 months is now a viable target and we will be focusing all our energies on ensuring we achieve that target."

Minister Humphreys said: "The continued sharp decline in the number of people out of work is proof that the Government’s employment activation strategies are working and we will continue this work.

"In the past month alone, we have launched Pathways to Work 2015, which places a particular focus on employer engagement over the next year to ensure that employers look to the Live Register when hiring; we completed the public procurement process and announced the preferred bidders for the provision of JobPath, the Government's new employment programme; and we committed over €1 billion for employment supports across a range of social protection programmes in Budget 2015, including a doubling of the number of places on the JobsPlus wage subsidy scheme and the announcement of the Back to Work Family Dividend, a financial incentive for jobseekers with children to return to work."

 

Long-term unemployment has fallen to 170,892, a reduction of 11,509, or 6.3%, year-on-year.

The Tánaiste pointed out that with Christmas approaching, jobseekers who take up temporary work over the seasonal period can have their Jobseeker’s repayment reinstated without delay when they finish work.

She said: "Where a person who is getting Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance takes up temporary work or avails of a short-term training course for up to eight weeks, my Department will temporarily suspend their claim so that it can be reinstated without delay when the work or training finishes."

ENDS

Last modified:05/11/2014