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Government still hasn’t grasped the concept of job creation – Morgan

6 January, 2011

Speaking today after the Live Register showed an increase of 5,200 people in December, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Arthur Morgan said:

“We are in a New Year but the same problem persists. A lack of job creation has seen unemployment rise again.

“It must be remembered that the true extent of unemployment is hidden behind casual employment in the run up to Christmas in the retail sector when traditionally shops take on extra holiday staff.

“These figures are only telling half the story as emigration continues to mask the true extent of the unemployment crisis.

“Yesterday’s exchequer figures showed a positive export performance and there is no doubt that this Government has been successful in exporting its people.

“The Government is so immersed in bailing out banks are diverting yet more funds into these defunct institutions that more and more people are falling into the unemployment trap.

“Nevermore has the need for a stimulus package been greater felt. If the Government continue on their path of fiscal contraction, exasperated by the EU/IMF bailout, then this pattern will continue.

“For the 5,200 people who signed on last year the future is certainly looking bleak. The sooner a general election is called the better.” ENDS

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