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New Government strategy to boost employment levels unveiled

The Government has announced a new plan to significantly boost employment levels over the next five years.

Enterprise 2025 aims to create 221,300 additional jobs by 2020 to bring the total number of people at work to its highest ever level.

The 10-year jobs and enterprise strategy is aimed at ending the cycle of boom and bust and delivering sustainable, export-based jobs growth.

The initiative targets 2.18 million people in work with the intention of bringing unemployment in each region within one per cent of the State average by 2020.

According to the strategy, the Government is seeking to achieve and retain a top three competitiveness rating for Ireland and to push for a 2.5 per cent productivity growth per annum in Irish companies.