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Biggest crisis facing the country is unemployment

Posted on June 30, 2010 at 07:16 PM

With the highest number of people ever unemployed in the State the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD urged the Government to take unemployment seriously and get people back to work.

"That's 300,000 more than were on the live register when the general election took place in 2007. It is 100,000 jobs lost each year that the Government in its present form has been in office and 2,000 jobs lost each week," he said.

"40 per cent of those who are out of work have been out of work for more than a year. One in every three young men in the workforce is out of work... No active measures are being taken by the Government to get people back to work and very little is being done to get them into education and training. (You can read the full exchange on the Oireachtas website.)

In a statement released by our Finance Spokesperson Joan Burton TD earlier today she said that the live register and GNP figures show the recession is far from over.

She also highlighted a number of Labour job creation initiatives including the establishment of a Strategic Investment Bank, an SME Working Capital Guarantee Scheme, a €1.15bn jobs fund, a PRSI holiday for employers taking the long-term unemployed off the dole and a graduate and apprentice programme giving relevant, work-based training as well as providing opportunities to obtain new qualifications for all young people out of work. (The links point to policy documents in our website's policy section.

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