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Government must target job creation in unemployment black-spots – Morgan

7 November, 2008

Sinn Féin Employment Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has called on the Government to target job creation in unemployment black-spots. Deputy Morgan was speaking today as the Central Statistics Office published a geographical breakdown of live register figures which he said showed that the a number of areas such as East Cork, West Waterford and Donegal continue to suffer from high numbers of job losses.

Deputy Morgan said, "It is clear from the report published today that, even as unemployment rises significantly across the state, it is the areas that have traditionally suffered from high unemployment that are suffering most again.

"Early this year the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment travelled to East Cork on my proposal to assess what needed to be done to create new jobs in regional towns which had been hit by a spate of job losses over the previous twelve months.

"While the visit highlighted many of the problems faced by regional towns and offered some solutions it is clear from today's report that the Government have failed to take any of these on board.

"It is crucial in the time ahead that the Government targets job creation in unemployment black spots such as East Cork, West Waterford and Donegal.

"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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