Saturday 17 March 2018

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.

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