Jobless figures show need for a clear focus on job creation – Ó Snodaigh
Speaking today after the release of the Quarterly National Household Survey for the second quarter of 2010 showed an increase of 18,600 people in the number of unemployed people, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the Government must prioritise job creation.
“In the second quarter of 2010 there was an increase of 11% in unemployment in the year, with the long-term unemployment rate in the second quarter of 2010 rocketing to 5.9%, compared with 2.6% in the second quarter of 2009.
“A lot of talk within the last few days has centred on the need that markets have for certainty. But what about the certainty that is needed for the 293,600 people who are unemployed? Where is the certainty that they will emerge out of unemployment, the certainty that the Government are prioritising job creation and retention and the certainty that there will be inclusive economic development that does not hinge solely upon the State being made a debt-service agency for redundant banks.
“The harsh reality is that there is none. The Government sent out the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance to reassure the markets yesterday that there was political stability, but there exists no stability for the hundreds of thousands of people who are concentrating all their efforts on the struggle of day-to-day living.
“Unemployment is a cancer for this State. The degenerative effects of Government indifference to this disease has meant that not only are more and more jobs being lost every day with higher levels of unemployment savaging each part of this State, but long-term unemployment is reaching record highs.
“The forecast of a jobless economic recovery poses a real threat to the State. What we need to see emerging from the depths of Government cabinet is a real, meaningful job creation package. Rather than concentrating on where money can be taken out of the real economy, the Government needs to crunch the numbers and put forward a stimulus package that allows for growth and investment in jobs.
“We need to see the Government coming out to present to the people a package that gives certainty to the people of this State that job creation is a priority for Government.” ENDS