Employment at highest level since 2008
Government says it is on track to surpass the 2016 Action Plan for Jobs target, with a 2.9% increase in employment recorded over past year
23 November 2016
Employment has continued to increase, with more than 2 million people now working in Ireland, according to the latest Quarterly National Household Survey figures from the Central Statistics Office.
The survey shows 56,500 extra people are now working, a 2.9% increase employed in Ireland in the past year. According to the Department for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, this puts Ireland on track to surpass the 2016 Action Plan for Jobs target of creating an extra 50,000 jobs this year.
The CSO figures also show that 72% of all jobs created in the past year were created outside Dublin. Employment has been growing continuously for 16 quarters and over the past year employment has grown in all regions.
The industries sector is the fastest growing sector in the economy while the accommodation and food service sectors and construction sectors remain strong with employment growing in 12 out of 14 economic sectors.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’ Connor, said she was “particularly encouraged” to see “the vast majority of new jobs are being created outside of Dublin” as a focus on job growth in all regions is one of her “key priorities”.
“The CSO figures also show that unemployment has decreased by 12.6% during this year bringing the total number of unemployed to 172,500,” the Minister added. Noting this is “the 16thconsecutive quarter for job growth,” Minister Mitchell O’ Connor said she intends “continuing to work towards ensuring the right supports are available to all businesses so that we can maintain the momentum we have recently seen in job growth”.