UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE SOUTH EAST STANDS AT 9.4%

Figures published today show unemployment in the south east standing 9.4% well above the national average of 6.7%

At the height of the recession in 2011 it was also the highest in the country at over 19%.

However in the past five years unemployment here has fallen by 51% but still remains stubbornly high.

Following a query posed by the Irish Independent, the Department of Jobs and Enterprise said just over half the jobs which it had hoped to create in the region in a plan announced two years ago had been realised.

The region comprises of Wexford, Waterford, South Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny.

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