Unemployment rises to 14.9% in June04/07/2012 - 11:44:29
The number of people on the Live Register rose again last month, latest figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have revealed.
The CSO said that on a seasonally-adjusted basis an extra 2,700 people joined the dole queues in June, compared to the previous month.
The number of people signing on now stands at almost 452,000, bringing our standardised unemployment rate up to 14.9%, compared to 14.7% in May.
However in unadjusted terms, the number of people signing on during the past year actually decreased by approximately 6,000.
The Small Firms Association (SFA) described the figures as "disappointing, but not surprising".
"While we have seen some job announcements in recent weeks, the live register figures clearly show action to date is not enough to stem the tide," said SFA spokesperson Avine McNally.
“These figures show that our labour market is fragile and the overall figures highlight the huge challenges that are being faced to get people back to work."
Meanwhile the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises (ISME) association, called on the Government to stop the "internal bickering and kite flying".
"Unless significant changes are made to the welfare system, many of the long-term unemployed will simply remain on the dolle," ISME Chief Executive Mark Fielding said.
"The Government’s plan for jobs is a shambles as the conflicting camps within cabinet propose polar opposite strategies, increasing economic uncertainty, consumer confusion and fear of investment.
“The first and most important task for the Taoiseach is to gain control of his cabinet and speak with one strong voice," Mr Fielding added.
"Political leadership is required to reduce the uncertainty, instill some consumer confidence and start the economic fight-back”.
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