Local Labour TD Gerald Nash has welcomed the latest Live Register figures which show a 3.4% reduction in the number of people signing on in Louth.
He said, “When we came into power less than two years ago we were losing 80,000 jobs a year across the country. Fianna Fail and the Greens presided over a massive doubling of unemployment in one year alone, 2008-2009.
“This year saw, for the first time in years, a small but significant increase in the numbers of people at work across Ireland. I am glad to see that Louth is not only reflecting that improvement but surpassing it on a national level. The figures released by the CSO show that for the the first time in six years there has been a drop in the numbers on the Live Register in Louth.”
“There are still too many people struggling to find work, but we are now moving in the right direction and I expect that progress to continue. The Jobs Action plans that we introduced is already starting to show results and the Momentum project has been especially successful in the Louth area in matching training requirements to job seekers and jobs-rich parts of the economy.”
“In addition, with over 1,500 IDA jobs announced for Louth and significant investment in other initiatives like school builds, tourism and infrastructure, we should expect to see more vibrancy in the local economy this year and next.
“In contrast to some previous schemes we are training people for jobs in areas where there is a real prospect of employment. Dedicated staff in FAS, LES and the Department of Social Protection who are working hard on labour activation measures are to be commended.