14% rise in employment in South East – DEERING

26th August, 2015


“The latest CSO Quarterly National Household Survey figures show that employment is growing in Carlow and the number of people in employment in the South East has increased since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012, while the number of people in unemployment has decreased”, says Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering.

“Nationally, the Action Plan for Jobs, launched by Minister Richard Bruton has added 125,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate has fallen from a high of 15.2% to 9.5%, which is below the EU average. In the South East there has been a 14% increase in the number of people in employment.

“The creation of over 1,300 jobs nationally per week proves that the Government’s plan, and the move away from the Fianna Fáil high tax, high spend policy, is working. It is also extremely encouraging to see that there has been a 35% reduction in the number of people who are unemployed in the region.

“Today’s figures show that while there is still more work to be done, all regions have experienced job increases and unemployment decreases in the past year, meaning that the recovery is spreading to all parts of the country.

“This progress has been achieved due to a detailed and specific plan put in place by this Government and led by Minister Bruton. Fine Gael in government is tackling the legacy of Fianna Fáil’s tax hikes by cutting the USC at the lower end and reducing the income tax rate. Further reductions in the tax burden are expected in the upcoming Budget in October.

“The Government is on track to replace all the jobs lost in the crisis by 2018 and to bring about a situation where there will be more Irish people coming back home to take up jobs.

“The latest employment figures are extremely encouraging and are a great boost to Carlow. However the recovery is still fragile and it is important that we continue to add more jobs and to make work pay by reducing the tax burden further. We cannot risk a move back to the ‘if we have it, we’ll spend it’, high tax, Fianna Fáil policies which we’re implemented in the past and are still being advocated by the party at present.”