The Government has claimed it is now creating 1,200 jobs per week at the launch of the latest report on the Action Plan for Jobs.
The claim was made after news today from the Central Statistics Office's latest Quarterly National Household Survey that shows the total number of persons unemployed is now at 282,900.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said there are signs of rising business confidence and that Ireland has regained its global reputation for investment.
The report, the third of 2013 and the seventh since the Coalition launched a jobs plan, shows 87% of targets were met - the Government's lowest completion rate.
Twenty of 122 measures were not achieved this quarter including an energy efficient fund for the public and commercial sectors, the Employment Permit Bill and Sunday working hours.