Employment levels increase while emigration levels are down

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has welcomed the publication of the CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey which shows that employment levels are continuing to increase and emigration figures are decreasing.

“The figures released by the CSO show that 31,600 jobs have been created within the last year while over 70,000 jobs have been created since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012. It is clear from this that the Government’s jobs creation policies are working to get people back to work and provide more opportunities in the domestic economy to tackle emigration.”

“I am encouraged by the fact that the majority of jobs being created are full-time as this highlights the sustainability of our economic recovery. Over 8,000 jobs have been created in the Tourism sector over the past year which is very positive news for Dublin Fingal. As a prime tourist destination, Dublin Fingal is in a strong position to benefit from job creation in tourism and hospitality and this position is bolstered by the 9% VAT rate for this sector and the abolition of the Air Travel Tax.”

“Over the past few years, this Government had to make many difficult decisions and people had to make huge sacrifices but they are now starting to pay off. As the economy continues to recover, we must now begin to give back to those who have suffered throughout the economic recession, as circumstances allow.”

“Employment levels are at their highest levels since 2009 and outward migration figures to April of this year fell by 11,700 to 21,400 in comparison with the same period last year. We are on-track to achieve our goal of creating 100,000 jobs by 2016 and I will continue to work for measures to support SMEs and job creation in the North County.”