Tánaiste welcomes further fall in unemployment and confirms Key Account Managers will work with major employers to drive recruitment from Live Register


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Tánaiste welcomes further fall in unemployment and confirms Key Account Managers will work with major employers to drive recruitment from Live Register

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., has said today's Live Register figures – which show unemployment continuing to fall - is a sign of the continuing jobs progress being made by the Government and an important staging post on the road to full employment. The Tánaiste said her objective is to increase the momentum and ensure unemployment falls below 9% by year's end.

The Minister of State for Employment, Community and Social Support, Kevin Humphreys T.D., stressed the range of Government supports for both employers and jobseekers available through the Government's twin strategies to increase employment – Pathways to Work and the Action Plan for Jobs.

Today's figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of people on the Register has fallen to 343,551, a reduction of 45,008 – or 11.6% - since April 2014. The standardised unemployment rate stands at 10%.

Long-term unemployment has fallen to 158,488, a reduction of 19,737 - or 11.1% - since the same time last year.

The Tánaiste said: "Today's figures are further evidence of the strength of the jobs-led recovery that is firmly under way. At its peak, unemployment was more than 15%. It is now at 10%, but we've much more to do, and I'm determined to see unemployment fall below 9% by year's end. That would set us well on the way to reaching our target of full employment in 2018, as set out in the Spring Economic Statement.

"To assist in that process, the Department of Social Protection will shortly appoint a number of staff to work as Key Account Managers in our dedicated Employer Engagement Unit. These Key Account Managers will work closely with some of the 460 largest employers in the State. Through this work, they will identify and plan recruitment requirements and actively promote candidates from the Live Register for available positions."

Minister Humphreys said: "The Department has a range of schemes and supports in place to assist jobseekers and employers alike. Through JobsPlus, we are currently providing wage subsidies to 3,278 employers who have hired 4,424 people from the Live Register. I would encourage any jobseeker or employer to contact us to see the range of services we have to offer."

The Tánaiste added: "The jobs-led recovery will boost living standards. And as more people return to work, Government revenues grow, freeing up resources for investment and allowing us to spend wisely in key areas. We began that process in the most recent Budget, with the introduction of the Back to Work Family Dividend, increases in Child Benefit and the Living Alone Allowance, and the partial restoration of the Christmas Bonus. I have already announced my intention to further increase Child Benefit in the forthcoming Budget, and I am looking at other targeted improvements which can be made in 2016."

ENDS

Last modified:29/04/2015