Kilkenny’s unemployment rate has dipped by 7% in the last twelve months.
Local TD John Paul Phelan has welcomed the decline in unemployment levels, stating the figures, coupled with recent CSO data which show another increase in the numbers at work, are promising.
The new figures show the number signing on dipped from 7,192 in October of last year to 6,720 in October 2013. The number signing on in the Thomastown area dipped 6 per cent, down from 1,339 to 1,263 over the period, Deputy Phelan added.
Neighbouring counties also faired well, with a dip of 5 per cent in Waterford, 6 per cent in Wexford and 2 per cent in Carlow.
Addressing the Dail, Deputy Phelan said the region is among the hardest hit by the economic downturn and said agencies should be focusing more on improving the prospects for the many who through no fault of their own find themselves without a job.
“There can be no complacency. The biggest task this government faces is in the area of employment and creating jobs. The figures this week are good, particularly when one looks at the numbers of long-term unemployed. There was a significant decrease in this category.
“In my own region we continue to have the highest unemployment rate in the country. While the CSO figures did show a reduction in the ratio it is imperative that the agencies of this state would redouble their efforts to ensure that the south east recovers and becomes stronger in the future. I hope that this can happen,” Deputy Phelan said.