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Unemployment figures masked by emigration, underemployment and low pay - Flanagan

15 July, 2015 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has said current unemployment figures are masked by emigration, underemployment & low pay.

Mr Flanagan said; 

“While the latest figures show there has been a small increase in the number of people claiming unemployment benefit, the trend over the last year is certainly downward.

“However, I believe that simply using the number of people claiming unemployment benefit is not a wholly accurate assessment.

“We have seen tens of thousands of highly-skilled workers forced to emigrate in search of employment elsewhere and many others working on zero-hour contracts with no stability.

“Anyone who has been to one of our airports on a Sunday evening or Monday morning will have seen hundreds of people boarding flights to work in England and not returning until the Friday, if they come back at all. 

“The current economic policies being driven by the British government are solely focused on growing the economy in the already prosperous South East of England. They have nothing to offer people here except austerity and have no interest in growing the economy and creating prosperity here.

“What we need to see is a sustained period of investment to create the thousands of jobs needed to improve our infrastructure to allow businesses here to compete with others across Europe.”

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