Sunday 17 December 2017

Nash welcomes annual drop in numbers on dole

Labour TD Gerald Nash has welcomed the 7.7% annual fall in the Live Register in Drogheda, south Louth and East Meath

'Across the country, we have now seen Live Register reductions for 25 successive months. The national unemployment rate has dropped from 15.1% to 11.8% in just two years. Drogheda has seen one of the most dramatic drops with a decrease of almost 17% in the last three years.'

'Tackling unemployment is the Government's number one priority through Pathways to Work and the Action Plan for Jobs, and these figures are proof that those strategies are getting people back to work.

'We have moved from a situation of losing 100,000 jobs a year under Fianna Fail to gaining 30,000 a year. There are still too many people on the Live Register, and unemployment will remain the most pressing challenge for the foreseeable future, but we are moving decisively in the right direction.

The number of people on the live register saw a seasonal jump last month, Louth as a whole seeing an increase to 16,313 claimants, with the largest rise in Drogheda, where 7,238 people are now on the dole.

There were 7,038 people claiming unemployment benefits in Dundalk during July.

Drogheda Independent

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