Richard Bruton has ruled out wage increases amid further signs of economic recovery.
The number of people at work has climbed back above 1.9 million, the highest number in nearly five years.
Ireland has seen one of the largest decreases in unemployment across the EU in the year to June.
There were 4,400 fewer people on the Live Register last month, according to latest figures from the Central Stastistics Office, bringing the number of people signing on to 386,200.
The number of people on the Live Register fell by 2,500 in February, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.
Ireland's unemployment rate experienced the joint largest fall in Europe last month, according to the European Union's statistics body.
The latest Live Register figures show unemployment is continuing to fall.
The number of people signing on last month fell to just over 390,000.
October saw a seasonally-adjusted decrease of 3,700 people signing on the Live Register, it was revealed today.
The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that it is sending letters to jobseekers with offers of work in Canada.
The unemployment rate fell slightly last month with 408,670 people signing on for social welfare benefits.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said that the main way of tackling youth unemployment is to create jobs.
The number of people on unemployment benefits has dropped by 3,200, official figures have revealed.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has today defended Government plans to launch another plan to get people off the dole.
There has been no reduction in the number of women signing on the live register last month.
Seasonally-adjusted figures have shown a small decrease in the number of people signing on the Live Register in December.
A new report from the ESRI shows that almost one quarter of the population is living in a jobless household.
October saw a decrease of 1,000 in the number of people signing on the Live Register, on a seasonally adjusted basis, official figures have shown today.
The high percentage of those on the Live Register who are long-term unemployed "is worrying and is growing", the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed has said, adding that job creation is now the State's main challenge.
Economic analysts are forecasting a continued rise in the level of long-term unemployment.
The number of people signing on the Live Register fell by 2,000 in the last month, official figures have revealed.
Jobseekers are being invited to a careers roadshow in Dublin today.
Limerick City and Donegal had the highest levels of youth unemployment in April 2011, with rates of 50% and 49% respectively, it was revealed today.
The number of people on the Live Register rose again last month, latest figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have revealed.
Unemployment will remain high despite growth in the Irish economy next year, a new report has predicted.
More than 1,000 people a month joined the dole queue over the last year.
Unemployment levels among migrants were four times higher than among Irish nationals last year.
New figures from Eurostat show that unemployment in Ireland has fallen slightly, with the average rate now standing at 14.5% up to March of this year.
The unemployment rate edged back slightly last month to 14.3%, official figures have revealed.
The number of women out of work for more than a year has soared by a fifth.
Last month saw a slight drop in the number of people signing on, according to new data.
Business lobby group Ibec warned that today's live register numbers remain exceptionally high.
New figures from the CSO show that the net rate of job creation was at -6% in 2010.
The Taoiseach has said legislation will be brought forward in January to increase the flow of credit to business.
Bloxham Stockbrokers has said the rate of unemployment is showing little sign of any improvement.
The Government was urged to reassess its jobs strategy after the unemployment rate rose to 14.4%.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today that unemployment is now the single biggest challenge facing the country.
Ireland's unemployment rate increased to 14.5% in November, up 0.1% on the previous month, figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published today indicate.
A new report to be published today has advocated providing funding for private companies to take on jobseekers for work experience.
The level of emigration rose by almost 17% in the year to the end of April, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office today.
Unemployment has increased by almost 11,000 in the last year, taking the rate to 14.3%, new figures revealed today.
There has been a slight decline in the number of professional job opportunities here in July and August.
The Government's Jobs Initiative, which targeted the tourism sector, is not working, according to Mark Fielding, chief executive of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association.
Official jobless figures showing almost half a million people are out of work are too low, an economic think-tank has warned today.
Another 1,500 people joined the dole queues last month, pushing the numbers signing on closer to the half million mark.
Another 400 people joined the dole queues in the North last month despite evidence of a modest revival in sections of its economy.
The number of people signing on is continuing to climb, with 457,948 people on the Live Register in June.
The latest rise in unemployment proves the Government’s policy of cuts is not working, union leaders have warned.
The number of people signing on the dole has increased further, taking the unemployment rate to 14.8%.
The standardised unemployment rate in April was 14.6%, marginally down from a rate of 14.7% in March, according to figures released today.
The Government is today being urged to introduce penalties for people on the dole who refuse job offers.
An additional 1,100 people signed on the Live Register in March, figures from the Central Statistics Office revealed today.
Small Firms Association (SFA) director Avine McNally said that Ireland's small businesses can create jobs, given the right conditions by the next Government.
The number of people signing on for benefits increased by more than 5,700 in the last 12 months, official figures revealed today.
Business groups today called for a renewed focus on job creation and retention against a backdrop of live register and redundancy figures showing a total of over 58,000 redundancies in 2010.
The unemployment rate jumped slightly to 13.4% at the end of last year, official figures revealed today.
The number of people signing on has fallen for the third month in a row, it emerged today.
An additional 500 people joined the unemployment lines in the North during September, it was confirmed today.
Emigration was blamed today for the biggest fall in the number of people on the dole in two years.
The Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) has today called on the Government to make the jobs crisis their number one priority.