Statement from Seamus Healy TD regarding Tipperary Unemployment rates
NO PART OF The County is Left UNTOUCHED BY THIS BLIGHT!
The neglect of Co Tipperary by successive governments is clear from the recent census results issued by the Central Statistics Office(CSO). The average unemployment in Co Tipperary at 14.6% is worse than that in Limerick City and County which has 18 Blackspots and well above the national average! A blackspot is local area which has unemployment of more than 27%. The unemployment rates of 34.0% in the Eastern Part of Tipperary Town and 29.2% in Carrick-on-Suir, the two Co Tipp blackspots, are truly shocking. Co Tipperary at 14.6% is the 12th worst of the 30 administrative counties in the state. This compares with a rate of 7.4% in the administrative county of Dun Laoire-Rathdown.
A presentation given to the Minister for Jobs in April this year shows that Co Tipperary is bottom of the Table for IDA Jobs per Head of population of the Counties Across the South East and Mid-West Regions and is 1 from bottom of the Table for IDA Jobs per head across the 26-counties
The following 26 areas have unemployment levels 5% or more above the national average of 12.9%:
|Unemployment rate of all Electoral Divisions (ED’s) within Tipperary (Census 2016) CSO|
|Electoral division name||Population aged 15 years and over||Unemployed||In the labour force||Unemployment rate|
|Tipperary East Urban||1954||336||989||34.00%|
|Clonmel West Urban||4681||582||2290||25.40%|
|Tipperary West Urban||1500||186||866||21.50%|
|Nenagh East Urban||2442||299||1534||19.50%|
|Nenagh West Urban||4306||493||2623||18.80%|
|Clonmel East Urban||3298||331||1922||17.20%|
Co Tipperary has no gateway or preferred employment hub designated by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) for inward investment-unlike Counties Cork, Limerick and Waterford
Following disastrous job losses in recent years-over 1000 in the last two years alone,I have repeatedly called on the Minister for Employment in the Dáil to end this discrimination against Co Tipperary without success. I now repeat my call to the new Minister , Frances Fitzgerald, to bring forward special measures to eliminate the blackspots and to give Co Tipperary it’s fair share of government spending and IDA jobs. There was not a single new local authority house built in the county in the last twelve months!
I call on Co Tipperary Co. Council to call a special meeting to prepare a campaign to demand government action to reduce unemployment in the county and to eliminate Unemployment Blackspots
I call on all Co Tipperary Dáil deputies to end all voting support or abstention in favour of the Government until Co Tipperary gets Fair Play On Jobs