10,700 more people at work in the South East in 2016 – Kehoe

72% of all jobs created in the past year were outside Dublin

 Wexford TD and Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe TD, has welcomed the latest figures from the CSO Quarterly National Household Survey showing 10,700 more people are in employment in the South East than at the beginning of 2016.  Minister Kehoe said

“The economic crash had disastrous consequences for job numbers in the South East with the loss of over 37,000 jobs.  This week’s CSO figures are very welcome as they show consistent job growth for the region in 2016.  What is also particularly encouraging is that the vast majority of new jobs are being created outside of Dublin, highlighting the potential for Wexford to attract new employers to Wexford.

“A key priority for Fine Gael in Government is to implement policies which encourage job growth in all areas, to provide opportunities for people in their local communities, to ensure no one is left behind.  The recent budget included additional resources for both Enterprise Ireland and the IDA to maintain a focus on job growth in the regions.

“The figures are reflective of the overall positive trend in employment numbers, which show employment growing in every region over the last year.   There are now more than two million people working in Ireland and the Government has a longer term ambition to create 200,000 jobs by 2020, including 135,000 outside of Dublin.

I am working with my colleagues in Government to ensure that the right mix of supports are available in Wexford, to support people back into employment.”