Sinn Féin jobs spokesperson, Senator David Cullinane, responding to today’s publication of the live register figures, said that the pace of change is too slow and that both youth and long term unemployment remain too high.
Senator Cullinane said:
“Todays live register figures show the number of ‘signing on’ continues to reduce, while this is welcome, the pace of change is too slow and youth unemployment and long term unemployment remain too high.
“At this time of year families are bidding farewell to emigrants who returned for the holidays. Over the past year 1,700 people emigrated every week. The reduction in the register must be viewed in the context of continued mass emigration. A generation is being lost and the government claims this as victory for their policies.
“The reduction in the live register has slowed to 0.1% per month and at this rate it will take 7 years to reach pre-crisis levels. That is not good enough and our people, our business and our economy deserve more.”