Noel Coonan has warmly welcomed a drop of 18 per cent in the number of people signing on in Tipperary with more than 200 people leaving the register between end of February and the end of March.
Deputy Noel Coonan said nationwide unemployment figures have fallen to 10 per cent, which was the lowest level since 2009 and represented a drop for the 33rd month in a row.
“A total of 203 people left the live register in Tipperary over the last month. This is proof that the Government’s plan continues to work and we are gradually making a difference in people’s livelihoods. This is very encouraging,” he said.
“In Nenagh, 32 people left the live register. In Roscrea, the figure was 30, and 36 in Thurles. In Carrick-on-Suir, 24 people less were signing on and also 24 less in Cahir.
“Meanwhile, live register figures dropped in Tipperary by 18.14 per cent between February 2012 to March 2015 since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012. Creating jobs is our number one priority and while we still have some way to go to cut unemployment rates to single figures, we are moving in the right direction.
“I know not everyone is feeling it quite yet, and that not everybody has regained the job they lost in the crisis, but the Government has a comprehensive plan to achieve full employment by 2018. With the success of Minister Richard Bruton’s Action Plan for Jobs so far, I am sure we can achieve this target and that Tipperary will really feel the benefits,” said Deputy Coonan.