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Emigration ‘disguising unemployment crisis’

The number of people signing on the Live Register now stands at 432,300, or 14.6 per cent of the workforce, according to figures published by the Central Statistics Office today.

Wed, Dec 5, 2012, 13:01

   

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit fell by 1500 last month, according to the latest Live Register figures.

The number of people signing on the Live Register now stands at 432,300, or 14.6 per cent of the workforce, according to figures published by the Central Statistics Office today.

Responding to the figures, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) said the “escape valve” of youth emigration was “disguising the real unemployment figures”.

“The scar of emigration of young people is evident in the continuous decrease in numbers of persons under 25 on the Live Register in 39 months since July 2010,” said ISME chief executive Mark Fielding.

“This Government is clearly failing in its efforts to tackle the jobs crisis, and no amount of long-fingered promises of multinational jobs tomorrow or ‘airy fairy’ Fás schemes will satisfy the crying need for local jobs today.”

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