Figures released by the Central Statistics Office today show unemployment dropping to 9.9% in the first quarter of 2015 – the first time the figure has fallen below ten per cent in seven years. This shows an increase of 2.2% from last year, with a total of 12, 500 new jobs created in the first 3 months of this year. The news is good all-around, as it shows an increase in full-time employment (3.6%) and decrease in part-time (2.4%). “Every job created is a life back on track, a family improved, a community enhanced,” said Minister for Jobs Richard Burton. This is the eleventh quarter in succession showing decline on an annual basis, according to the CSO.