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Tánaiste welcomes fall in unemployment

Tánaiste & Social Protection Minister Joan Burton today welcomed the latest Live Register figures published by the Central Statistics Office which show that unemployment continues to decline with the standardised unemployment rate falling to 11.2% in August from a crisis peak of 15.1% in early 2012.

There were 398,325 people signing on the Live Register in August, 36,955 fewer than in August 2013 and 57,931 fewer than in August 2012.

The Tánaiste said:

While the latest Live Register figures continue to fall, unemployment remains at a high level and we must continue to make every effort to help jobseekers find work. Most of the people on the Live Register have a strong financial incentive to work with 73% claiming a Jobseeker’s payment for themselves only.

These statistics, together with the latest Quarterly National Household Survey figures published recently show we are succeeding in tackling unemployment and that our economy and jobs market are recovering. Our priority is to help unemployed people get back into work. We are beginning to see a positive turn in our domestic economy and it is imperative that we help those who have been hit during the recession get back on the ladder of recovery as quickly as possible.

Read the full press release here.

More information on the Live Register can be found on the CSO website here.