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Emigration masking live register figures – Morgan

3 November, 2010

Speaking today after the release of the Live Register figures for October, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Arthur Morgan the Government is relying on emigration to mask unemployment figures.

“The Government are heartedly congratulating themselves for a hefty reduction in the live register that has materialised from their indifference to the plight of youth unemployment.

“5,741 young people under 25 have left the live register within the last month and make no mistake, these young people were not flowing into jobs. Emigration is a scourge on this State and it is a mask which the Government’s failed labour market policies are hiding behind.

“We will be left with an economic wasteland next month unless the Government stimulates the economy, creates jobs and retains our young people. This Government is trying to gut the economy and this will kill all future economic growth, with the loss of these highly skilled young people from our shores.” ENDS

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