CSO numbers show fall in unemployment for 33 consecutive months

CSO numbers show fall in unemployment for 33 consecutive months

Employment rose by 2.2% in the first three months of 2015 - pushing the unemployment rate has dipped below 10% for the first time in seven years.

The Quarterly National Household survey, carried out by the CSO, has found that almost two million people were in work in Ireland in that time.

It maeans the rate of unemployment stands at 9.9%, and has fallen below 10% for the first time since January 2009.

In total, 212,800 people are considered to be unemployed - that is down more than 45,000 on last year.

It marks the 11th successive quarter where the unemployment rate has declined.

"It's a very big milestone, psychologically, to go below the 10% point," said Tánaiste Joan Burton, who highlighted that the Government began its term with a 15.2% unemployment rate.

The government have been quick to take credit, saying 104,000 people have now joined the workforce since they launched their Action Plan for Jobs in 2010.

"Great credit is due to the people," said Taoiseach Enda Kenny, "who have accepted very difficult choices in the last number of years and have risen to that challenge."

The figures in the household survey are generated by a team of field staff who call to homes during each week of the quarter to gather statistical data in person.


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