Local unemployment rate continues to decrease as national rate falls to 8.6%

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has said the on-going decreases in unemployment show the Action Plan for Jobs implemented by Fine Gael in Government is continuing to work, and to benefit the North County.

“The national unemployment rate has fallen to 8.6%, from a high of 15.2% in February 2012. In order to tackle the unemployment crisis facing our country, Fine Gael in Government launched the Action Plan for Jobs. Locally this continued reduction in employment can be seen in every social welfare office in Dublin Fingal.

“Figures from the CSO have shown that, since July 2011, the number of people on the live register in the Swords office, serving Malahide and Donabate, has fallen by 39.3%. In the same period, the number of people on the live register in the Balbriggan office has fallen by 31%, and in the Kilbarrack office, which serves Portmarnock, it has fallen by 32.7%.

“I am pleased that these figures also show a significant decrease in youth unemployment in our local community. In the same time period, the number of people under the age of 25 on the live register in the Swords office has fallen by 60.4%, in the Balbriggan office it has decreased by 51.3%, while in the Kilbarrack office, the reduction has been 62.8%.

“It is of the utmost importance that we continue to work towards ensuring every person who can work has the opportunity to get a job. As the local Fine Gael TD in Dublin Fingal, I am committed to ensuring that continued job creation remains to the fore of the agenda in Dáil Éireann.”