Over the last year, the number of people signing on the Live Register in Clare has dropped by 15% in the last year, that’s according to Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection Pat Breen.
Welcoming the news Minister Breen said, “It is very positive to see that the number of people signing on the Live Register in Clare has reduced by 15% in the last year. I am not surprised by this significant drop however given the increased number of job announcements in the region in the last 12 months.
“In Clare alone, companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Element Six Shannon and Bechman Coulter Lismeehan announced they would be significantly growing their workforce.
“A further 28 new jobs were created following the merger of the UJet Group and STS Component Solutions and the creation of their European Hub in Shannon.
“Meanwhile 149 new jobs were delivered in 2017 by small businesses throughout the county with the support of Local Enterprise Office Clare.”
According to Minister Breen, Clare recorded it’s highest ever level of IDA site visits in 2017. As many as 22 visits were made to the county by potential investors last year, up from just five in 2013.
The Minister stated that there is a renewed focus on attracting industry to Clare and says it is his priority to continue building on this strong job creation performance this year.
Minister Breen added, “Job creation at Enterprise Ireland companies in Clare was up 4% in 2017, with a total of 3,709 people now employed by EI supported companies in this county.
“Since Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, the Clare live register has decreased locally by 45%. This is 4,678 people who are back making a living, to the benefit of themselves, their families and the local communities in which they live.
“We can see clearly that the Action Plan for Jobs is continuing to work. Recent jobs data indicates that there are 48,100 more people at work since this time last year.
“Our enterprise-based economy is now creating over 900 jobs a week,” said Minister Breen.
“Unemployment has fallen steadily from a peak of 16% in 2012 to 6% in February 2018. Ireland is a stable, competitive, secure economy that is open for business.
“Jobs are also growing in rural Ireland, with 9 out of every 10 jobs created in the past year located outside of Dublin. And these are not just in the commuter belt, with 7 out of every 10 jobs created outside of Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow,” said the minister of state.
Minister Breen is confident that Ireland is moving towards full employment, he said, “we will ensure that all parts of Ireland can share in our prosperity and economic growth, including here in Clare.”