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Government criticised as unemployment figures continue to rise

5 November, 2008

Sinn Féin Economic Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has sharply criticised the Government's inaction on job creation after the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office showed that unemployment has risen from 5.1% to 6.7% in the third quarter of this year. Deputy Morgan called on the Government to introduce a back to education scheme for young construction workers.

Speaking today as unemployment figures were released Deputy Morgan said, "This Government ignored all the warning signs that the economy was heading for a slowdown and failed to prepare for the recession even though all the economic indicators pointed to such inevitability. The result of all of this can clearly be seen in today's announcement from the CSO.

"The government cannot continue to sit on their hands in the face of rising unemployment. Even now as the figures continue to rise there is no evidence of any action or plan from the government to tackle unemployment.

"It is essential that the state introduces a specific back to education scheme for construction sector workers under the age of 25 without Leaving Certificates. The Taoiseach's Department estimates that under 25s represent 50.3% of the total construction unemployment figure in 2007 & 2008 and that a large majority do not have a Leaving Certificate. It is also essential that training and upskilling courses for alternative industries to construction are provided." ENDS

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