Over 8,000 IDA sponsored jobs lost in 2000

3 Jan 2001

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed has expressed concern at the number of job losses in today's annual report from IDA Ireland. The vast majority of the 8,138 jobs lost were in the low skilled areas. The net change in full-time employment in IDA Ireland supported industry for 2000 was 15,211.

Despite progress in attracting jobs to the Objective One region, the North West/ Donegal region continues to lose out. There has been a decline in the number of IDA supported jobs in the region from 6,630 in 1996 to 5,390 in 2000.

While growth in certain sectors, notably International and Financial Services at 21.1%, is very impressive, the more traditional sectors have been badly hit. The Textile and Clothing sector has experienced a percentage change of minus 15.5% in employment in the last year.

A spokesperson for the INOU said
" There is a very clear picture emerging from this report. People in low skilled work are being squeezed out of the economy, while the numbers of jobs at starting salaries of £25,000 or more has gone from 25% in 1999 to 40% in 2000.

The Government can shrug their shoulders and say that this is how a modern economy operates, or they can invest in low skilled workers and the unemployed and give them a real chance to get the type of jobs that are now being created in this country."