15 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The number of people signing on in Co Monaghan last year fell by 19%, the biggest drop in the country.

The CSO figures were cited by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys as clear evidence that Monaghan was reaping the rewards from the Government’s economic recovery policies.

The Cavan-Monaghan Fine Gael TD said:

“These figures show that the recovery is spreading to the regions, and Monaghan is benefitting. A total of 845 people left the Live Register in Monaghan last year, a drop of 19%. This shows that as the economy continues to improve, more and more people are getting back to work.

“This month, all workers in Monaghan will start to feel the benefit of USC changes introduced in Budget 2016, which you should notice in your pay packet. The changes to the USC will help spread the benefits of the recovery and will ensure that work pays.

“FG has committed to eliminating the USC altogether during the term of the next Government. We have a long-term plan to keep the recovery going and will continue to make responsible decisions to keep the economy strong.

“A drop in the Live Register figures in Monaghan over the past 12 months is very much to be welcomed and I am confident that as we continue to build a stable, strong economy and as the Regional Action Plan for Jobs are implemented, the number of people signing on will continue to fall.”

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