Minister Alex White, Labour TD for Dublin South has welcomed the latest CSO figures which show that the number of people signing on the Live Register in Nutgrove has dropped by 10.6% between August 2013 and August 2014, while the Live Register has also fallen by 7.7% in Dún Laoghaire in the same period.

“This is positive news and highlights the progress we are continuing to make in tackling unemployment in Dublin South. Local CSO data chime with the sustained decline in the unemployment rate nationally, which has fallen to 11.2% from a crisis peak of 15.1% in early 2012.

“While these are promising statistics, unemployment remains high and we must retain our focus and continue our concerted efforts to help jobseekers get back to work.

“Allied to the decrease in unemployment, the most recently published Quarterly National Household Survey figures and strong exchequer performance demonstrates our economy and jobs market are continuing to recover.

“The main challenge is to ensure that everyone across Dublin South benefits from this recovery, that we create good jobs for people locally and build a social as well as an economic recovery.”