No Fall For Clondalkin & Lucan Unemployment – Live Register figures up for second month in a row

Posted: January 5, 2012 in Budget 2012, Dublin Mid West, Unemployment

Speaking following the release of the CSO monthly live register figures today Sinn Féin Dublin Mid West representative Eoin Ó Broin has said that ‘there has been no fall in unemployment in Clondalkin and Lucan this month despite a marginal decrease country wide.’

 The Dublin Mid West live register figure for December was 8925 up from 8917 in November.

 Ó Broin said:

‘Today’s news from the CSO shows that unemployment in Clondalkin and Lucan has risen for two months in a row. In December 8925 people were on the live register. While the picture for the country overall indicated a marginal drop in unemployment for December, Clondalkin and Lucan have seen an increase.

 ‘After two months of marginal drops it is deeply depressing to see that unemployment in Dublin Mid-West is on the rise for the second month in a row, particularly when other parts of the country have experienced a small drop in joblessness.

‘There are now 443,200 people on the live register across the state. 14.3% of the labour force is out of work. Acording to the latest CSO figures 1,500 more are emigrating every week.

‘In October the Government said that the economic future was looking brighter and that unemployment was decreasing. Todays figures tell a very different story.

 ‘The response by the government has been to reduce investment in capital programmes that will result in up to 7,500 job losses; to cut 6,000 jobs from the public service; and to reduce the spending power of low and middle income earners with stealth taxes, vat increases and social welfare cuts all of which will lead to thousands more job losses.

 ‘The policies of this government will only further depress our economy, increase unemployment and increase emmigration. All of which will leave more families from Lucan and Clondalkin without work and dependent on ever decreasing social welfare payments or prospect of life away from family and friends in Asustralia or the US.

‘It is time that the government listened to the people and fundamentally changed their approach. It is time that government put job recreation and employment at the centre of its policies as proposed by Sinn Féin in our pre budget submission.

‘Dublin Mid-West’s four government TDs are voting for policies that are forcing more and more people from Clondalkin and Lucan into unemployment and emmigration. Their support for the anti-jobs and anti-people budget in December. It is time they were held to account for their actions’ ENDS

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