Latest CSO stats show 57,500 jobs were created in Ireland in the past year. We're taking a look back over this year at some of the large-scale jobs announcements around the country.

Three Government Ministers this week travelled to the Middle East, India, China and Japan as part of ongoing efforts to raise Ireland’s profile internationally.

125 young people recently graduated from the Learning for Life initiative, run by Diageo Ireland in partnership with the Department of Social Protection. Find out how the programme helps long term unemployed gain skills and experience to find work in the hospitality industry.

To coincide with European Microfinance Day, find out how Microfinance Ireland helped this Mullingar business not only with accessing finance, but invaluable mentoring.

The latest unemployment rate was released this week, along with an insight into Irish companies' exporting plans, and the number of companies formed in Q3 of this year. We've the details.

The national Health Innovation Hub, which will drive collaboration between the health service and enterprise, was launched in Cork this week, along with two calls for proposals for innovative concepts and ideas in the healthcare field. We've the details.

Jobs Week 2016 returns next week with events for both jobseekers and businesses taking place across the country. We've some highlights throughout the week.

Stats released by the Central Statistics Office in the past month show the latest unemployment rate in August stands at 8.3%, while total employment has risen above 2 million. There were also positive figures for the tourism and retail sectors.

Following on from our report last week that SBCI and Bibby Financial Services Ireland launched a new €45m invoicing finance fund, latest stats for the State agency's activities in the first half of the year are in.


Government Programmes

There are two complementary, Government-wide plans to tackle the jobs challenge:

APJ 2015Action Plan for Jobs
Find out how Government Departments and Agencies work together to improve conditions for creating jobs.

Pathways to Work

Check out the Government’s four-year strategy to radically reduce the number of people on the Live Register.