Following the closure of Talk Talk in Waterford in 2011, the Government has put a particular focus on the South East. Minister Bruton published a South East Employment Action Plan and established a Forum of all the State Agencies and local players to set out actions to increase employment in the area.
The Minister chairs meetings of the Forum. Work is on-going on the implementation of the South-East Employment Action Plan recommendations, with agencies and stakeholders working together to maximise benefits for the region. The South East Forum will continue to examine ways that would lead to job creation and investment opportunities in the South East. This Unit provides a Secretariat for the Forum.
The latest data from the Central Statistics Office show that an additional 15,000 jobs have been created in the region during 2013, resulting in the unemployment rate having dropped from 18.8% to 15.5% in the last year alone. By the end of Q2 2014, the unemployment rate has dropped to 14.3%.