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Huge Derry job application figures show people want work- McLaughlin MLA

18 July, 2012

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin commenting after it was revealed that 2,308 people applied for 14 jobs at a new DFS Furniture Store in Derry said:“I think the figure of 2,308 applying for just 14 jobs at a new furniture store in Derry is quite staggering. It also dispels the propaganda from the Tory led attack on the benefits system claiming hat people are work shy."The length and breadth of Ireland, working class people are suffering as a result of this economic crisis, which is not of their making. The latest employment figures in the North show that there are currently 62,900 people unemployed representing 6.9per cent of the population."The main item on most people’s agenda I speak too, particularly amongst young people in Derry is the lack of jobs. In the last number of weeks thousands of young people who have graduated from our University will now be looking for jobs."Sadly in many cases the only job prospects in the future for graduates are in far off places such as Australia and Canada. We need to see a refocusing of efforts on job creation to include not only foreign direct investment but also in helping small and medium size indigenous businesses to develop in terms of export and innovation. "When the large companies choose to invest here they should also be encouraged to locate their companies in areas of social and economic deprivation like Derry and Donegal .And where the long term unemployed, graduates and those in most need can have an opportunity to access those jobs.  "Educational and training facilities also have a role to play to ensure that people are skilled in the evolving technologies required by the modern workforce. "Creating the conditions where everyone has the same opportunity to get a job not only makes good business sense but in the longer term creates the equal society we are all pledged to deliver. " CRÍOCH

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