NEW figures from the CSO confirm the number of people in the Cork area signing on has fallen by 4,337 in the past year indicating that the recovery is slowly starting to be felt locally.
The Central Statistics Office figures show that the unemployment rate fell once again in January to 10.5%. This is down almost two thirds since the crisis peak of 15.1% three years ago. There are now 358,672 people on the Live Register nationally. This represents a 10% year-on-year decrease.
A further breakdown of local figures in West Cork reveals that things are moving in the right direction as Bandon recorded an decrease of 191, Kinsale 132, Skibbereen 122 and Clonakilty 110.
Local Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “It’s encouraging to see that the numbers on the Live Register are down on last years figures and they clearly show the progress we are making in getting people off the Live Register and into work.
“Unemployment does not fall without a concerted effort by government and local organisations. Through programmes such as JobBridge, Tús and Springboard we are ensuring that jobseekers have access to training and work experience, that helps boost their job skills and their chances of gaining employment.
“Supporting the creation of jobs and the building of a sustainable economy has been a key priority for me and this Government since day one,” he said.
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