Latest figures show there has been a jobs spike in South-West Ireland since Fine Gael first launched the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012.
Cork Senator, Tim Lombard, said: “I am delighted to announce that the number of people employed in Cork and Kerry has now reached 304,700 – an increase of 38,100 since the Action Plan for Jobs initiative was launched in early 2012.
“The Action Plan for Rural Development is committed to ensuring that the economic recovery is felt throughout Ireland and the creation of rural jobs is vital in order to achieve this. Some four out of every five jobs created are now outside of Dublin, reinvigorating towns and villages like our own here in Cork.
“The latest figures show that there are now 2,063,000 people at work in Ireland, an increase of 225,000 since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs. Employment continues to increase strongly with 48,000 more people employed in the year to Q2 2017.
“Unemployment is now at the lowest rate since 2008 at 6.1%, with all regions throughout the country experiencing a boost in the number of people back at work.
“I will continue to work hard with my Fine Gael colleagues to create a Republic of Opportunity, ensuring Cork and all indeed of Ireland share prosperity and economic growth – such as these employment figures indicate.”