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8 of the top 10 worst unemployment blackspots are in Limerick – Quinlivan

15 June, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Limerick City TD Maurice Quinlivan today commented on the figures released by the CSO which again shows that Limerick tops the list of unemployment blackspots in Ireland. A total of 79 blackspots were identified by the CSO, with Limerick City and County holding 18 of those.

Speaking today Teachta Quinlivan said;

“There were 79 unemployment blackspots across the country last April, areas where more than 27% of the workforce declared themselves as unemployed.

“Limerick has 18 of these 79, and 8 of the worst 10 blackspots are in Limerick City.

“These figures are stark, and haven’t moved down in years. This is more than Dublin, Cork and Galway cities combined which is truly shocking.

“This paints a grim picture of the unemployment problem in many parts of Limerick, which is not being reflected by government statistics.

“Although jobs are being created, it is clear some areas are benefitting while others continue to suffer from a lack of jobs and opportunities.

“The average unemployment rate in these areas in Limerick stood at 35.7%, miles apart from the national average of 12.9% outlined in the Census.

“Last year Fine Gael’s campaign slogan was ‘Keep the Recovery Going’. These statistics show that no recovery has arrived in certain parts of the country and highlights how out of touch Fine Gael is with what is going on outside of Dublin.

“Many of those still unemployed are former construction workers, and this section of the workforce needs particular focus.

“Apprenticeship schemes in Ireland are limited and expansion is needed to allow those workers who wish to upskill to do so.

“Clearly government intervention is needed, and the two newly appointed Ministers with responsibility for employment, need to get a grip on this and ensure the next set of CSO figures show a marked improvement.”

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