Welcome news: Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan
THE number of people on Limerick’s live register has fallen by almost 1,000 in 12 months, new statistics have shown.
Data just released from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of people out of work in Limerick city now stands at 9,494 – down from 10,412 at this time last year.
These statistics have been welcomed by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan, who says it is “vital this momentum is maintained”.
“The live register has fallen by nearly 1,000 in 12 months. This is welcome news and demonstrates that the local economy is continuing to grow and to create jobs,” she said.
“In the last 20 months more than 2000 high quality jobs have been announced for Limerick. These major announcements are also boosting employment in our vital small and medium enterprises.”
Ms O’Sullivan described those who suggest the fall in unemployment is due to people joining activation schemes as “naysayers”, adding: “This just isn’t true. In fact the number of people on job activation schemes is falling according to most recent CSO figures.”
The Labour TD says Limerick is well placed to continue its upward trajectory, “and ensure high quality jobs are available to our people.”
“I have been proud to play a role in that progress and will continue to do so,” she added.
Only last week, the new boss of the IDA in Limerick Niall O’Callaghan said there was a “healthy pipeline” of new companies looking to locate here.