Jobs Minister Welcomes Unemployment Figures Decline

A further fall in monthly unemployment figures has been welcomed by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.

New CSO statistics reveal official unemployment rates have fallen from 8.8% in February to 8.6% in March.

Overall, 2,900 fewer people were unemployed in March, while 23,400 fewer were unemployed compared to the same period last year.

People aged between 15-24 also experienced a 1% decline in unemployment.

Minister Bruton said: "In recent years we have seen major progress in the jobs market, with the unemployment rate falling from over 15% to below 9%.

"It is hugely encouraging that the numbers of people unemployed continue to fall steadily, particularly as given that traditionally it becomes more difficult to convert increased job-creation into reduced unemployment."


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