Smart Education in Ireland : 57,000 jobs created in Ireland in the last year, according to new data

The economy is back on track with over 57,000 jobs created in the last 12 months, according to new data.

A report from the Central Statistics Office released today shows the unemployment rate for July has dropped to 9.5% from a high of 15.1% in February 2012.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton welcomed the data, claiming it proves the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, launched in 2012, is working.

An average of 1,300 new jobs were added each week in 2015.

Mr Bruton said: “In the last three months another 19,000 lives have been put back on track as people found work.

“Since we started the Action Plan for Jobs, 125,000 lives have been helped back on track.

“Each one of those lives back on track means a family improved and a community enhanced.

“It is also job-creation that allows us to grow tax revenues and ultimately improve services and cut taxes, and that is why we have made employment our very top priority.

“We are clearly moving in the right direction, but any momentum gained can be easily lost by a change of focus or a change in policy.”

said the Government hopes to build on its previous policies to “secure full employment by 2018”.

The scientific and technical sector has experienced the biggest in the past year with 5,700 new jobs.

The construction sector has also expanded significantly with an added 3,300 roles, while agriculture, forestry and fishing now employ an extra 2,700 people compared to this time last year.

CSO figures also showed that this boost is felt across the whole country.

Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland, remarked: “The ongoing reduction in unemployment numbers is very positive and indicates that Ireland has at last entered a new phase of economic growth.

“Critically, the latest figures show that job creation has spread to all regions and is no longer limited to our main urban areas.”

IBEC (Irish Business and Employers Confederation) warned the Government that lack of investment, in housing for example, could hinder the country’s economic recovery.

IBEC Senior Economist Gerard Brady remarked: “Ireland has the youngest population in Europe and is expected to be its fastest growing over the next 30 years.

“Despite this we have the third lowest level of investment in the EU.

“Starting with the forthcoming budget, we must ensure the country has the transport, education, housing and broadband infrastructure it needs to prosper.

“Failure to invest will make Ireland a less attractive place to live and work, and will threaten competitiveness.”

Meanwhile, opposition party Fianna Fail has slammed Taoiseach Cabinet for not making more efforts to slow down the “brain drain” from Ireland.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary said concerns about the increase in young Irish people with third level degrees who are choosing to leave the country.

“More than half of the people (52.8%) who emigrated from Ireland last year had a third level qualification or higher.

“Between April last year and April of this year, it is estimated that nearly 40,000 third level graduates have chosen to leave Ireland for work.”

He added: “At a time when unemployment figures are decreasing, it is unacceptable that the number if highly qualified graduates leaving Ireland is now increasing. There is clearly a significant void in supports and opportunities for graduates that must be addressed without delay.”

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