Louth TDs have been quick to welcome new figures which show a rise in the numebr of people at work.
New figures from the Quarterly National Household Survey show a 1.8% rise in the number of people at work compared to last year, and 33,000 more in the month of June year on year.
Labour TD Gerald Nash said: “The one crucial test for any government is the number of people at work. The results today clearly show the progress that is being made. The first year and a half of this government was about stability, restoring our international reputation, and stopping the country going over the cliff. Now we have moved into a phase where we are starting to see a real recovery.”
Fine Gael TD, Minister Fergus O’Dowd has said: ““While for many, the impact of these measures has not yet been felt in their own pockets, we are steadily making a dent in the jobless figures, which will increase confidence in the domestic economy, allowing businesses to grow and further increase employment.
““The effectiveness of this transition is evidenced by the fact that the IDA had two record years in 2011 and 2012; Enterprise Ireland had a record year in 2012; and last year’s exports, at a total of €182 billion, were 16% higher than even pre-crisis figures.