Saturday 19 January 2019

Live Register down by 17% in Cork over the past year

Maria Herlihy

Unemployment levels in Cork dropped by 17% in the last year, according to FG Senator Tim Lombard. 

He said that the number of unemployed has fallen steadily from a peak of 16% in 2012 to 6% in February 2018. 

"Ireland is continuing to create a stable, competitive, and secure economy that is open for business. It is very positive to see that the number of people signing on the Live Register in Cork has reduced so significantly this past year," he said. 

Sen Lombard said that since the Action Plan for Jobs was launched six years ago, the Cork Live register has decreased locally by 54%. 

"This is 23,111 people who are back making a living, to the benefit of themselves, their families, and the local communities," he said.

"Recent jobs data indicates that there are 48,100 more people at work since this time last year and the enterprise-based economy is now creating 900 jobs per week."  

"Jobs are also growing in rural Ireland, with nine out of every 10 jobs created in the past year outside of Dublin. And these are not just in the commuter belt, with 7 out of every 10 jobs created outside of Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow," he said.