Fine Gael Louth and East Meath TD, Fergus O'Dowd, has said that new CSO figures show that the Live Register in Louth has fallen by a massive 2093 since last year.
“This week my colleagues Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor welcomed the fact that the Live Register nationally has fallen below 300,000 for the first time since 2008.
“There’s also good news here in Louth with the Live Register falling by 2093 to 11432.That figure is now down 6377 (-35.81%) since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012
“I'm working hard with my party colleagues to continue to deliver jobs in Louth and help 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
“These figures show our action plan is continuing to deliver, another job in County Louth is another family that will have a brighter future as a result. Louth is continuing to attract both national and Foreign Direct Investment and with the rollout of super fast broadband we will be even more attractive for future investment.
Fergus O'Dowd TD