Opinion Analysis

Sunday 18 February 2018

Stephen Kinsella: Why aren't we talking about unemployment?

Just look at today's papers. There will be articles about bank bailouts for Spain and perhaps for Ireland, articles on household charges (remember those, they didn't go away), articles on Ireland's banks needing more cash, articles on stalled personal insolvency legislation, perhaps articles on the upcoming Budget, perhaps an article on some celebrity misdeed, almost surely something about Jedward.

You won't find unemployment anywhere near the front pages of any major newspaper. Why is this?

The story is that there is no story. Yet the scale of the unemployment problem is enormous. There are about 4.58 million people in Ireland. There are about 2.2 million between 16 and 64. That's the labour force. Today, we have 14.3pc of this labour force trying to get work and not able to find it.

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