Mass unemployment is this Government’s epitaph – Kelly
The “huge increase” of more than 12,000 in the live register figures for December is grim new year news and shows that there is still a huge challenge facing the country to undo the huge economic damage done by Fianna Fáil, according to Labour’s Cllr. John Kelly.
“This is the highest end of year figure ever recorded, it is one of the biggest ever increases for December over November, and it marks the nineteenth successive month in which the figures have been over 400,000.”
In Leitrim County, there are 2,400 people out of work, including 1,228 under 25 years. In Roscommon, there are 2,688 seeking work, with 1,314 under 25 years. The real tragedy of these figures is the number of young people out of work, over 2,500 in both Leitrim and Roscommon, which is completely unacceptable,” said Cllr. Kelly.
“While the recently published export statistics and the exchequer figures showed some recovery in the multi-national sector, the Live Register figures show that there is a still a huge problem in the domestic economy and with unemployment levels. Unfortunately the first week of 2011 has also been marked by a series of job loss announcements, which suggest that the figures may again rise even higher.
“Job creation and the needs of those without jobs have received virtually no attention from Brian Cowen and his government. Mass unemployment is the political epitaph for this Fianna Fáil government. More than ever we need a new government that will put the country back on its feet and give job creation the priority it deserves.”