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Unemployment reaches 371,000

Posted on April 01, 2009

For the third successive month we are experiencing the highest unemployment figures we have ever had in the history of the country. The latest unemployment figures were raised today during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil by the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore.

Since Christmas 2007 more than 200,000 people have lost their jobs bringing the job loss total to 371,000.

He said: "Two weeks ago Labour proposed a set of measures to address the immediate problems of people losing their job and who are likely to be out of work for some time, including education, training and unfortunately the Government voted down those proposals."

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Taoiseach can't tell growing cost of unemployment

Posted on January 27, 2009

Since the Government came into power some 18 months ago the number of people on the Live Register has doubled, Eamon Gilmore, leader of the Labour Party told the Dáil today during the first Leaders' Questions of the new session.

Eamon pressed the Taoiseach to say how much this unemployment rise would cost the exchequer in terms of social welfare payments, secondary payments and lost tax revenue. Given that some commentators predict unemployment will rise to 420,000 by the end of the year, how much extra that will cost?

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