Fine Gael TD for Meath West and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English, has said that a drop of 37% in the Live Register in Meath since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in early 2012, is a strong indication that Fine Gael is continuing to deliver on its pledge to prioritise job creation and reduce unemployment.
There are now 7,456 people in Meath on the live Register, compared to a high of 11,841 in February 2012.
“The annual decline in the Live Register from May 2015 to May 2016, in Meath was an additional 11.4% while the drop since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012 was just over 37%.
“This is very positive news and proof of Fine Gael’s commitment and success in creating the environment to get people in Meath back to work.
“Employment has increased in every region of the country in the last 12 months. 155,000 new jobs have been created since the Action Plan for Jobs was launched in early 2012 and the Programme for Government has reaffirmed the Action Plan for Jobs as the best way to implement ideas on job creation across Government. With 15,400 new jobs created in the first three months of 2016 we are off to a great start in meeting Fine Gael’s target of 200,000 new jobs by 2020.
“Each new job created in Meath is another family looking forward to a brighter future and each new job created by a business is a sign of returning confidence and growth. In fact each new job created here in Meath leads to more resources which Fine Gael is committed to using to fix the many challenges we face as a society.
“Fine Gael in Government continues to prioritise job creation because we believe that only a strong economy, supporting people at work, can pay for the services needed to create a fair society here in Meath and around the country.”