Worrying Unemployment figures are starting to flat line – Tóibín
Sinn Féin TD and Jobs Spokesperson Peadar Tóibín spoke today after CSO figures revealed that the unemployment rate has ceased to fall with a slight increase in unemployment in the past month; for the fourth month in a row, the rate of unemployment in the state has remained stagnant.
Deputy Tóibín said:
“This is the fourth month in a row when we have seen the unemployment level in the state stuck at the unacceptably high level of 9.5%.
“Indeed, today’s figures reveal that an extra 400 people are out of work in the last month.
“The harsh cuts to lone parent supports last month has re-categorised citizens and no doubt forced many out of part-time work.
“Over four and a half years after the government came to power, outward emigration continues to blight this state with the CSO estimating the net emigration of 23,200 Irish nationals in the last year alone.
“80,000 people continue on action schemes, many not being paid the market rate for their work. One in five young people cannot find a job, a figure that is getting worse in recent months.
“To fix this problem, the government needs to create real efficiencies and competitive advantages by investing in the infrastructural capital of this state. We need to ensure that the environment in which home grown entrepreneurs operate has at the very least the same priority as the FDI sector.
“We need to make sure that distortions in certain dysfunctional markets, such as property, do not eradicate competitiveness into the future. We also need to ensure that the lopsided geographic enterprise development that has come to pass under this government comes to an end.”