COMMENT: Slow and steady progress on the jobs front

The worst of the fall in jobs numbers is over but we need confidence to return if the success of a strong export sector is to feed through to the domestic economy, writes Cliff Taylor.

7th January, 2013
The IDA and Enterprise Ireland announcements were among a series of reasonably positive economic news in recent weeks, writes Cliff Taylor.

IDA Ireland's announcement today that employment in its client companies increased by over 6,500 last year followed last week's news from Enterprise Ireland that employment in its companies rose by 3,800.

So both FDI companies and indigenous exporters are creating more jobs than they are losing. Against a mixed international backdrop this is a decent achievement and reflects in part some improvement in competitiveness here in recent years.

Both agencies also had a few significant flagship projects,...

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