Action Plan for Jobs is working, which is good news for Ireland and for Carlow – DEERING.

24th April, 2014


OECD gives Action Plan for Jobs the seal of approval


Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, haswelcomed the news that a review of the Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) by the OECD has concluded that the plan is working, while recommending adjustments in the future to maximise its potential. The OECD is the globe’s foremost policy think-tank.

“More than 60,000 new jobs were created last year and Ireland now has the fastest employment growth rate in the OECD. Indeed this week commended the APJ for how it is tackling the jobs crisis.

“The APJ which is being led by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, has taken a systematic approach to rebuilding our economy and addressing our unemployment crisis. By setting quarterly targets and including a robust monitoring system, the APJ has been instrumental in turning our jobs market around. This has now been recognised by the OECD, which has priased the APJ’s innovative approach.

“The key to the success of the APJ plan so far has been complete political buy-in; the entire government is working together to provide jobs. Real targets have been set and there is an onus on each government department to hit these targets. The challenge for the Government is to ensure the recovery is being felt in every household across the country.

“In 2011 this Government came to office after 300,000 job loses in the previous 3 years. We pledged to make job-creation our top-priority. The unemployment rate nationally has fallen from 15.1% to 11.8% and in Carlow the number people signing on the live register has dropped from 7,036 in March 2013 to 6,373 in March of this year, a drop of almost 10%. . The plan is working, we’re on the right road but there is still more to do, and the Government will not shirk from its responsibilities.