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Fine Gael TD for Cork East and Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton has welcomed that the 31.38% decrease in the Live Register in Cork East Constituency since 2012.

“The Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012 to reduce unemployment and support job creation we have seen the numbers signing on across the country decrease by over a third”, said Minister Stanton

“It is very encouraging to see such a substantial drop in numbers on the Live Register since February 2012. The numbers for Cork East Constituency, which covers Social Welfare Offices in Cobh, Fermoy, Mallow, Midleton and Youghal, show a reduction of 3,896 people signing on in the past 4 ½ years. This is welcome news for everyone in the East Cork area as every parent back in work will bring benefits to their family and every new job created by a business is a sign of returning confidence and growth.

Location      Feb 2012      June 2016     % Decrease       No.s Decrease
Cobh               1,176                 890                    24.3%                    286
Fermoy          2,771                  1,670                 39.7%                    1,101
Mallow          2,770                 1,842                 33.5%                     928
Midleton       3,278                 2,197                 32.9%                     1,081
Youghal         1,855                 1,355                  26.5%                    500
Total:           11,850             7,954                31.38%                3,896

“Over 155,000 new jobs have been created since the Action Plans for Jobs was launched in 2012 and we have set a target of 200,000 new jobs by 2020. With unemployment having decreased in every region of the country in the past 12 months we are making good progress towards this target.

“Fine Gael in Government are committed to prioritising job creation because we believe that a strong economy which supports people at work is the best way to ensure that we have sufficient resources to pay for the services we need to achieve equality and create a fair society for all.