INOU concerned by consistent rise in unemployment

4 Apr 2003

The Live Register figures released today reflect the current economic climate of businesses either downscaling or making redundancies. The seasonally adjusted figures show a monthly increase of 500 people claiming an unemployment payment and a yearly increase of 5,800.

Interestingly, there is a strong gender difference in the monthly increase which comprised of an increase in 600 males and a decrease of 100 females. This gender increase correlates to recent industrial employment statistics released from the CSO which show that employment in manufacturing industries is at its lowest since June 1997.

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) is very concerned by the ongoing rise in unemployment and the inadequate action by Government to address the issue.

‘These figures, together with the surge of redundancies notified to the Department for March 2003 and the recently published results on the SFA’s employer’s survey paint a harsh picture for the development and expansion of the Irish labour market,’ said Mr Conroy, General Secretary, Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed. ‘The Government needs to tackle unemployment by providing sufficient resources and funding rather than continuing to make cutbacks or alterations in the employment support services that are designed to assist the unemployed re-enter the labour market.’