News of jobs drop ‘not an accurate reflection’

by Gazette Reporter
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The latest figures for the number of people currently on the Live Register have been released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and although Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown has seen a drop of 8.6% to 9.2%, some councillors claim the figures are skewed by including those currently on JobsBridge and other schemes.
Minister for Communications Alex White (Lab) welcomed the drop in the number of people signing on the Live Register in the Nutgrove/Rathfarnham area, which saw a drop of 9.21% between June 2013 and June 2014, having decreased from 4,975 to 4,517.
“This is positive news. Of course, we have a long way to go in tackling unemployment in South Dublin and across the country but I welcome these positive figures.
“These local CSO statistics chime with the drop in the unemployment rate nationally from 13.3% in June 2013 to 11.6% in June 2014.”
However, Cllr Hugh Lewis (PBP) said: “Unfortunately, these figures while welcome, do not reflect an uptake of genuine sustainable paid jobs.
“Included in these figures are schemes like Jobsbridge and Tus that remove people from the Live Register but who do not have a living working wage you would expect from regular employment.”
Cllr Michael Merrigan (Ind) said: “The reduction in the numbers seeking work in Dun Laoghaire is welcome news, however, it’s unclear how effective the current employment activation schemes were in achieving this reduction as long-term unemployment, still very evident in Dun Laoghaire, requires a more imaginative and sustainable response from Government.”
Dun Laoghaire saw a reduction of 8.61% (from 6,930 to 6,333) in the last year.
Cllr Josepha Madigan (FG) said: “This is a very welcome development…
“There is still a long way to go, however, particularly as the overall national reduction in unemployment is at 11.6% which is the lowest level since April 2009. ”

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