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Minister Humphreys welcomes further fall in unemployment rate

The Minister for Enterprise, Heather Humphreys welcomed the Monthly Unemployment figures for April published by the Central Statistics Office, showing that the official unemployment rate has fallen from 6% in March to 5.9% in April and from 6.8 % in April 2017.

The statistics also show:

  • On a seasonally adjusted basis 3,200 fewer people were unemployed in April compared to March
  • 16,700 fewer people were unemployed in March compared with twelve months earlier
  • Unemployment among people aged between 15-24 has fallen by 0.5% in a month.

Commenting on today’s figures the Minister said:

I am delighted to see the unemployment rate falling again, this time down to 5.9%, which is a decrease from 6.8% this time last year. My focus is on ensuring that these positive trends are felt in every region through a number of measures including the Regional Action Plan for Jobs.