Sinn Féin spokesperson on jobs, enterprise and innovation David Cullinane has said the latest OECD report is a damning indictment on the government’s job creation record.
Senator Cullinane said the survey on the economy, published today, repeats what everyone bar this government already knows, that more needs to be done to tackle unemployment.
“Today’s OECD report is a damning indictment on this government’s job creation record. It comes just one day after Joan Burton stated that the economy is in recovery mode.
“Despite the government spin the figures speak for themselves. Since this government came to power the unemployment rate has fallen by only 0.5%, and youth and long-term unemployment has risen. At the same time emigration has increased with people leaving the state at a rate of 1700 per week.
“It is clear that the government policy of austerity has maintained high unemployment and undermined the economy. We need to get our people back to work, we need investment in job creation and we need support for our small enterprises.
“The coming budget is an opportunity for the government to change tack, reduce the level of adjustment, lift the burden on the SME sector and invest in infrastructure projects that will create work and enhance our long term competitiveness.”