PROGRESS ON JOBS FRONT AS DUBLIN WEST UNEMPLOYMENT HITS SEVEN-YEAR LOW

The  Blanchardstown area saw a fall in unemployment of 11% in December, compared to the same month last year, and in Navan Road area unemployment fell by 8%. These figures, released by the CSO this week, were welcomed by Tánaiste, Minister for Social Protection and local Labour TD Joan Burton.

There were 790 fewer people on the Live Register in Blanchardstown year on year, as the number fell from 6,845 to 6,055. It means unemployment has now fallen by a third in both Blanchardstown and the Navan Road since the peak of the crisis in August 2011.

Joan Burton commented: “Unemployment in Dublin West is now at the lowest it’s been in seven years, a result of the jobs-led recovery which the government has helped bring about.

“We are creating 1,000 jobs a week, and are close to having two million people at work. We want to continue this momentum towards full employment. One such measure on this front is the Pathways to Work strategy for 2016, which I am bringing forward this week.

“In addition, this month workers across the country are starting to feel the benefit of USC reductions in their take home pay, along with child benefit increases of €5 per child for every family. These are steps to ensure every household and every family feel the benefits of our economic recovery.”

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