Number of people signing on in Wicklow down in the last year

jobsThe number of people signing on the Live Register in Wicklow has dropped by 14% in the last year, a Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle has said.

This news comes as the CSO revealed the number of people on the Live Register in June 2017 is also the lowest number recorded since 2008.

Minister Doyle said: “I am delighted to announce that the number of people signing on the Live Register in Wicklow has reduced by 14% in the last year.

“Since the Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, the number signing on has decreased locally by 36% or 4533 people.

“As announced earlier this week the national unemployment rate for June 2017 was 6.3%, down from 8.3% in June 2016 and a peak of 15.2% in 2012.

“Over 225,000 jobs have been created since the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012, 1,300 new jobs were created every week during 2016.

“Statistics can seem meaningless but this has a real impact on communities all around the country. Only a strong economy supporting people at work can provide the services needed to improve people’s lives.

“This is also great news for communities across the county, as every job created has a positive knock on effect for local businesses and services.

“We in Fine Gael will aim for full employment; that is a job for everyone who wants one, by 2019.”