NEARLY 1,400 people picked up work in Kildare in the last year, according to jobs figures released this week.
The number of people on the live register in the county dropped from 9,247 in May 2018 to 7,859 last month according to the Central Statistics Office.
This is now less than five per cent of the working population, the statistically accepted threshold for full employment, and the lowest jobless unemployment rate in more than 14 years.
Significantly, the figure for youth unemployment (under 25) is heading the same way, dropping from just over a thousand (1,021) to a little over 800, and even at one stage over Christmas going as low as just 780.
Breakdowns were only available from three of the county’s four job centres – with only Kildare not yet revealing its good news.
For the others, Athy has seen its jobless numbers drop from 1,640 to 1,282, Maynooth from 3,102 to 2,491, and Newbridge a drop of 600 – from 4,685 to 4,085.
Nationally, the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 108,200 in May 2019, a decrease of 33,200 when compared to May 2018 – a figure that equates to just 4.4 per cent.
“I particularly welcome the latest statistics published by the CSO today which show that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 4.4%, down from 5.9% at the same time last year and the lowest recorded unemployment rate since February 2005,” said the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty.
The Minister was also happy to see the fall in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for young people aged 15-24 years which was 10 per cent in May 2019, a decrease from 14.7 per cent in May 2018.
Overall, the seasonally adjusted rate for males of 4.7 per cent shows a drop from 6.1 per cent in May 2018, while the rate for females was 4.2 per cent was down from 5.8 per cent in May 2018.
“Today’s figures are testament to the range of measures we have put in place to counter unemployment and get people trained and back into the workforce. Work opportunities continue to be available across a range of sectors and we will continue to ensure that people are given the support they need to take up these opportunities. We cannot become complacent however, and my focus now is to make every effort to reduce youth unemployment further and to tackle the circumstances holding some of the long term unemployed back,” concluded the Minister.