CSO reports 80,000 jobs added as employment rises for eighth quarter

About 80,000 people have entered employment compared to two years ago, CSO figures show.

The CSO yesterday confirmed an eighth successive quarter, since 2011, of an increase in employment.

And regions outside Dublin, in particular, are experiencing increased jobs’ rates, the figures show.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the trends were positive. But he acknowledged: “Many people are yet to feel the benefits of the economic and jobs recovery that is taking place. And with almost 11% unemployment, we still have a long way to go.”

The Quarterly National Household Survey’s Q3 figures show employment increased in 11 out of the 14 sectors of the economy within the past year, particularly in the domestic sector.

The CSO said increases in employment were most noticeable in the West, the border region, and the South-East. Unemployment, it emerged, is now down to 10.9%, the lowest level since March 2009.

Mr Bruton welcomed the figures, saying they showed 80,000 people were now in work compared to when the Government launched its action plan for jobs in early 2012.

“The plan is working. These official independent jobs figures show that the jobs recovery is deepening and broadening across the country. Virtually every region in the country and virtually every sector of the economy are now showing jobs growth,” he said.

The CSO statistics published yesterday reveal the number of people in employment increased by 27,700 in the last year, with 94% of those full-time jobs.

The increases in employment were particularly noticeable within the domestic economy areas such as construction and retail.

Employment within the private sector was up almost 100,000 compared with the first quarter of 2012.

The latest figures show employment in the construction sector topped 6,100 in the last quarter and, so far this year, rose by 10,100.

The director general of the Construction Industry Federation, Tom Parlon, said: “These are very positive figures and they highlight the improved performance of the construction industry this year.”

He said many former construction workers remained unemployed but were ready to move into employment quickly if jobs were available.

“There is substantial additional scope for creating construction jobs if the blockages to residential activity are removed and we start building the sustainable number of housing units this country requires.”

Meanwhile, Mr Bruton noted: “These figures give us further confidence that if we stick with the plan, we can ensure that people’s sacrifices are not wasted, and that we can deliver a consistent, sustainable jobs recovery right across the country over the coming years.”


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