Sharp rise in Live Register figures
The number of people on the Live Register in July climbed by 8,500 to 452,500.
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The Central Statistics Office said this was the biggest rise in the seasonally adjusted figure for a year.
Women accounted for more than half of the increase.
The unadjusted figure showed that there were 466,800 people signing on, an increase of almost 14,000 from June.
The CSO said the unemployment rate rose to 13.7%, from 13.4%, in June.
The data also shows that the largest number of people signing on were professionals, who made up more than a fifth.
The next largest increase was in the category of clerical and secretarial workers.
The Live Register includes some part-time, seasonal and casual workers.
It is not designed to measure unemployment, though it is regarded as the most up-to-date indicator of the state of the jobs market.
Minister for Social Protection Éamon Ó Cuív said that while the figures are at a very high level, it was worth noting that the figures rose more slowly in July than in June.
He said it showed that the Government’s hard choices had brought stability to the economy.
On long-term unemployment, he said two out of every three unemployed people leave the Live Register within six months of signing on.
However, Labour’s Willie Penrose said the figures proved that solving the jobs crisis had dropped to the bottom of the Government’s agenda.
He said the Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government was like ‘a deer caught in the headlights’, when it came to tackling the problem.
Sinn Féin’s Arthur Morgan said the prognosis for recovery was ‘dire’.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions said the Government’s policies of massive cuts were deflating the economy.
The statement concluded that further deep cuts in the Budget and panic reactions to sell-off the family silver would only exacerbate the crisis.
NCB Stockbrokers economist Brian Devine described the data as discouraging.
While small business lobby group ISME said the true extent of people losing jobs was obscured by emigration.
Its chief executive Mark Fielding said a whole generation of young education Irish were becoming economic migrants.
Separate figures from the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Innovation show that redundancies are running below last year’s levels, though the figures remain high compared with 2
5,298 lay-offs were notified to the Department in July, down 15.7% from the same month last year.
For the first seven months of the year, redundancies are down almost 20% from the same period last year at 39,105.
This is still, however, not much less than the 40,000 recorded in the whole of 2008.
A message from someone dumped on the scrap-heap
No matter what way you try to spin out of these figures Mr. Ó Cuív they are still not the true figures which I believe to be in and around 675,000
You and the rest of the current government squatters and the rest of the political establishment should hang your collective heads in shame!
To the people of Ireland I beg you
For God sake please do not vote any of the current TD, s back into office
let’s have a complete clean sweep .