Employment figures boost for the Midlands region

The creation of 16,800 jobs in the Midlands is a major employment boost for the region, Fine Gael Deputy, Peter Burke, has stated.

“The new figures show that there are 127,500 people at work in the Midlands region. This is a 15 percent increase since 2016 or 16,800 jobs. The latest data shows that there are more than 45,000 more people at work since this time last year, with 850 jobs being created a week.

“There are 2.3m people a week at work, surpassing the peak of 2007 by 47,800 jobs, with the unemployment rate dropping to 5.2 percent.

“The jobs recovery has been regionally balanced, with 136,000 new jobs created outside of Dublin since the beginning of 2016. This accounts for over six out of every 10 new jobs,” Deputy Burke remarked.

The Longford/Westmeath Deputy noted that there is no room for complacency as the jobs creation process progresses.

“There is no room for complacency about the progress we have made. This is why the Fine Gael-led Government has developed Future Jobs Ireland, a whole-of Government plan to secure Ireland’s economic success. The strategy is about responding to the changing world of work ensuring that our economy is future-proofed,” Deputy Burke concluded.

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