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Unemployment levels continue to drop

The live register has fallen for the 32nd consecutive month and in Clare, there has been a drop of 20.74% in the number of people signing on since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. This improvement comes along with a national drop of almost 20% in the number of youth unemployed.  

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Unemployment rate on downward trend

The latest Live Register figures show a continuing reduction in unemployment. There were 358,672 people on the Register in January 2015, a decrease of 40,958, or 10.2%, compared with the same month last year. The unemployment rate now stands at 10.5%, down from a crisis peak of 15.1% but over €i billion is to be invested in a number of measures ensure the downward trend continues. The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, has made clear that the Government’s target is to reduce unemployment to below 10% by the end of 2015, and with this in mind, the following is a short but not exhaustive list of some of the key measures the Department of Social Protection is taking as part of the Pathways to Work and Action Plan for Jobs strategies to speed up the progress on the employment front and help jobseekers return to work. The Action Plan for Jobs, overseen by the Department of Jobs, …

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Live register figures down

The December 2014 Live Register figures published today (Wednesday) show a decline of 3,300 compared to the November figures. This represents 37 consecutive months of decrease in the live register and means that the unemployment rate now stands at 10.6 per cent, down from a peak of 15.1% in February 2012. More than 140,000 people left the live register to go into employment over the last 12months. The figures also show that the live register has decreased in all eight regions of the country over the past 12 months. Both the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton and the director of the Small Firms Association, Patricia Callan have welcomed the improved position, confirmed in the CSO figures. However, Ms Callan stated, “It is imperative that the Government delivers a comprehensive Action Plan for Jobs 2015 later this month. As a general principle, we believe that every single policy emanating from Government should be centrally “job-proofed”, as many different …

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Unemployment drops by 9.8% in Clare

Unemployment figures in County Clare have dropped by 9.8%.The number of people in the county on the live register in October 2014 was 8,067 compared to 8,947 during the same month in 2013. Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Tony Mulcahy, has said that a drop of 9.8% in unemployment figures for the county is “a clear indication that the economic recovery is well underway”. “There is no doubt that this figure remains far too high but it is very encouraging to see that things are moving in the right direction,” explained Senator Mulcahy. “Like in other counties, unemployment has been a huge problem in Clare and there are still many people out of work in our County. However, these figures show that the economic recovery is real and that it is resulting in people getting back to work. This progress is due to the hard work and sacrifice of people in communities across Clare and Ireland. It is important that …

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‘Magnified’ economic decline in Gort

By Nicola Corless UNEMPLOYMENT and emigration rates increased more in Gort than any other town in the country, according to research revealed this week. Figures for towns in other parts of Ireland will not be released until April, but Professor Cathal O’Donoghue of the Teagasc’s Rural Economy Development Programme outlined details of the group’s research in Gort to a meeting of Galway County Council on Monday, as part of a presentation from The Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Area (CEDRA). According to its national town rankings, which take into account unemployment and emigration rates, Gort has seen the biggest fall nationally in a Teagasc index of small and medium sized towns. In 2002 and 2006 it was just outside the top 10% of towns in Ireland but by 2011 it had slipped to the bottom 10%. The South Galway town lost 400 jobs in just five years, between 2006 and 2011. While the population of the town dropped …

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