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Unemployment would be at 20% if emigration was included: Reilly

4 January, 2013 - by Kathryn Reilly


Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Youth Unemployment Senator Kathryn Reilly has said the government needs to factor in the appallingly high rates of emigration into its unemployment figures.

Senator Reilly said;

“For the government to try to spin the CSO’s live register’s figures as showing a decrease in unemployment would be extremely cynical. The fact is unemployment, especially youth unemployment, is sky-high and has hardly budged since this government came to power.

“More telling is the story of emigration that is familiar to every community in Ireland. Last month the IMF in its quarterly review stated, ‘had all employees who lost their jobs since the outset of the crisis remained in the labor force, the unemployment rate would stand at around 20 percent.’

“That is the reality of unemployment in Ireland today especially for young people. We need an honest debate around how to tackle youth unemployment and the government needs to stimulate the real economy and stop this self-congratulatory nonsense when it meets an austerity target.”

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