Opinion Editorial

Saturday 20 January 2018

Much done on jobs front, but much, much more still to do

Governments don't 'create' jobs, despite frequent claims by politicians to the contrary. But they do shape the conditions and the climate for others to employ people, start a new business, or pick Ireland as the destination for foreign direct investment.

As such, the current Government is entitled to claim a fair share of the credit now that the numbers at work are going up. According to figures released yesterday as part of the CSO Quarterly National Household Survey, the number of people in work increased by 58,000 this year to 1.9 million.

We are still only back to the 2009 employment rate and nobody can be happy or complacent that 282,900 people, or 12.8pc of the workforce, remain unemployed.

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