Live Register in Carlow falls by 31% – DEERING.

7th October, 2016

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has said that new CSO figures show that the Live Register in Carlow has fallen from 6,854 in February 2012, when the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs was launched, to 4,735 in September 2016, a fall of 2,119 or 31%.

“Now standing at 286,490, the unadjusted Live Register has dropped below 300,000 for the first time since 2008. This is a year on year decrease of 13.92%. It’s further evidence that good progress is being made in tackling joblessness and helping people back into work.

“This is great news locally and nationally and in a week when the Taoiseach announced the creation of 80 new Carlow jobs in Netwatch Systems with 50 of these in their Carlow Headquarters.

“Fine Gael in Government is working to make progress in tackling joblessness in Carlow and helping people back into work.

“Three major milestones have now been passed, with the Live Register falling below 300,000, unemployment falling from its peak of 15% to below 8%, and the number of people employed exceeding two million, all for the first time in eight years.

“Since coming to Government Fine Gael has made significant progress on reducing unemployment. Now we must do more and we will do this through activation measures like:

· one-to-one engagements with jobseekers 

· making work pay through sustainable wage increases, effective tax reductions and new social insurance measures like paternity benefit  

· promoting financial supports like JobsPlus and the Wage Subsidy Scheme  

· developing an Action Plan for Jobless Households 

· reforming existing work schemes like Community Enterprise and Tus  

· using incentives like JobsWeek to match jobseekers with employers 

· developing initiatives across the whole of Government in education, training, housing and childcare 

“Each new job created in Carlow is another family looking forward to a brighter future. Fine Gael in Government continues to prioritise job creation, because we believe that only a strong economy, supporting people at work, can pay for the services needed to improve people’s lives here in Carlow and around the country.”