Unemployment rate stays at 9.8pc in May – CSO

Ireland’s official unemployment rate in May was 9.8pc, unchanged from April and down from 11.7pc a year earlier, according to new CSO figures.

The number of people unemployed in May was 209,700, 300 fewer than in April and down 40,500 from May 2014. 

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton welcomed publication of the figures.

“Today’s figures show that the trends which have been evident for some time are continuing, with the number of people unemployed continuing to fall,” he said. “However the scale of the challenge ahead of us remains huge. 

we can hit that target. However it will not happen automatically, and will require continuing strong implementation of our plan – better supports for enterprise, further targeting of growth sectors and further improvements in productivity and competitiveness.”


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