Jobless fall not a corner turned
OPPOSITION spokesmen were quick to dismiss the biggest fall in the number of people on the dole in two years.
Fine Gael's Richard Bruton described the drop as a "small let-up in the relentless rise in unemployment" and warned that it should not be seen as a sign that the jobs crisis is easing. Instead it was a symptom of the scourge of rising emigration.
Indeed, the Central Statistics Office tells us that unemployment still stands above 440,000; but surely the fact that dole queues are down by 5,400 deserves to be regarded as a "good thing", rather than yet another dismal symptom of recession.