Sunday 25 March 2018

Willie O'Dea: Government is failing to tackle worsening jobs crisis

While the recent job announcements are welcome, they are not keeping pace with daily losses, says Willie O'Dea

FOR the past few weeks political debate has focused on bank debt, bond rates and the future of the euro. These are all vitally important for our future, but they do not have the immediacy or impact of the ongoing job crisis.

I say ongoing, but the reality -- as figures from the Central Statistics Office show -- is that the job crisis is worsening.

The latest CSO figures show an annual decrease in employment of more than 18,000 in the 12 months to the end of March. The number of people in work in the State is now down to 1,786,100.

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