Your county needs you plea from Minister

David Looby

Published 13/10/2015 | 00:00

In a bid to stem the county's haemorrhaging emigration problem, Fine Gael TD Paul Kehoe has issued an appeal encouraging Wexford ex-pats to return home to what he describes as a recovering jobs market here.

Citing improving job statistics, Minister Kehoe said the time is right for people to return to the Model County. Up until the end of September the county's unemployment figure stood at 14,707, down 1,579 on the September 2014 figure of 16,286.

Minister Kehoe issued his appeal as General Election talk fever swept the country. He said: 'The Live Register figures released this week show that job creation measures are paying real dividends for Wexford with a reduction of over 900 people on the Live Register in Wexford in the last month alone. The Wexford Live Register figure has decreased 24.6 per cent since February 2012, when the Government launched its Action Plan for Jobs.'

19,506 people were living on Social Welfare payments in the county in February 2012 and in the interim a large number of people have emigrated as borne out by a huge demand for Garda Clearance Certificates.

The latest figures show that there were 2,112 Wexford people aged under 25 unemployed in September, compared to 2,547 in the same age bracket 12 months earlier. There were 12,595 people aged over 25 on unemployment benefit in the county last month compared to 13,739 people the previous year. Enniscorthy has witnessed the smallest reduction in unemployment, as the number fell by only 263 people in the 12 month period from 4,194 in September 2014 to 3,931 people last month. There were 5,644 unemployed people in the Wexford town area last September compared to 5,012 last month. 328 less people were on the dole in New Ross between the two periods, falling from 2,841 to 2,513. 9,572 of the people unemployed in the county were men and 6,534 were women in September 2014, compared to 8,589 men and 6,118 women last month.

'The Government is on track to replace all the jobs lost in the crisis and to bring about a situation where there will be more Irish people coming back home to take up jobs. I look forward to seeing more Wexford young people returning home where they belong. While we know that not every family has felt the benefits yet, last week the Government announced a €27 billion six year Capital Investment Plan to help with the ongoing work to secure the recovery, to restore all the jobs lost in the recession by 2018. I will work to ensure this plan is delivering for Wexford.'

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