The latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that Live Register Figures show that unemployment have been dropping for 30 months in a row and that in Offaly there has been a fall of 14.80%.
The news has been welcomed by Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy. She commented, “Another drop in the Live Register in December emphasises that the economy is in recovery and that more people are entering the jobs market. I am particularly encouraged that the Live Register here in Offaly has dropped by 14.80%.”
Deputy Corcoran Kennedy sounded a note of caution however noting that there was more work to be done although she does expect to see a further drop in these figures in the coming months.
“Unemployment is falling across the country, but very significantly we are now seeing a drop in rural areas as CSO figures show that the live register has dropped in all eight regions of the country over the course of 2014,” she stated.
“This year there will be an increased focus on job creation outside of the main urban centres as the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton is preparing to launch a pilot programme of the Regional Enterprise Strategy. This strategy which I welcome will specifically address growing economies in rural areas and is an issue that I consistently raised with Minister Bruton in the Dail. “I want to ensure that we are able to compete with Dublin and Cork in attracting foreign direct investment to Offaly. The IDA has recently announced that 37% of investments in 2014 were made outside the main centres and the Government will work to continue this trend.”
Nationally, the latest CSO Live Register figures show that the unemployment rate has dropped to 10.6% from a high of 15.1% in 2012.