IRELAND reached an employment milestone on Wednesday 31 May. Official data shows that the country’s unemployment rate plummeted to a record low of 3.8 percent in May, beating all previous records.
This significant drop shows the country’s remarkable economic recovery from the pandemic. The last time comparable figures were reported was in 2000-2001, more than 20 years ago.
May’s unemployment rate reflects a drop to 3.8 percent from April’s 3.9 percent, showing a consistent pattern of job seekers finding jobs. Youth rates also fell from 7.7 percent to 6.9 percent, pointing to a brighter future for Ireland’s young workforce.
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Reaching an unemployment rate of less than four per cent is also representative of ‘full employment’, an exceptional achievement that demonstrates Ireland’s resilience.
Economists say they are not surprised by the downturn given the country’s strong labor market performance and easing economic concerns. The unemployment news is a victory for the country’s employment ministry.
While challenges lie ahead, job seekers can find seasonal opportunities during the summer months. Rising job vacancies, particularly in the healthcare, social care, agriculture and cleaning sectors, offer growth prospects and additional income for workers.
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