Fine Gael Minister Tom Hayes has welcomed Live Register Figures which show that unemployment has dropped for 31 months in a row and that in Tipperary there has been a fall of 16.94%.
“Another drop in the Live Register in January emphasises that the economy is in recovery and that more people are entering the jobs market. I am particularly encouraged that the Live Register here in Tipperary has dropped significantly since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012.
“This progress has been mirrored throughout the country. The national unemployment rate has fallen from 15.2% in 2012 to 10.5% today. There is however more work to be done and I expect to see a further drop in these figures in the coming months.
“Unemployment is falling steadily across the country, but very significantly we are now seeing a drop in rural areas as CSO figures show that the live register dropped in all eight regions of the country over the course of 2014. This year there will be an increased focus on job creation outside of the main urban centres as the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton is preparing to launch a pilot programme of the Regional Enterprise Strategy. This strategy will specifically address growing economies in rural areas.
“I want to ensure that we are able to compete with Dublin and Cork in attracting foreign direct investment to Tipperary. According to the IDA, 37% of investments in 2014 were made outside the main centres and the Government will work to continue this trend.
“In Tipperary the number of people on the Live Register has fallen from 16,883 to 14,023. Things are moving in the right direction and these figures give us confidence that the policies pursued by this Government are working. ”