The latest figures released by the CSO (www.cso.ie) say that Ireland’s Unemployment rate is at the highest it’s been for 3 years. The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment also issued new figures showing there were 2,305 redundancies in July. This brings the total for this year up to 15,054 – 8.3pc higher than last year. So the new government is having a hard time in office. New Senator Alan Kelly said “Today’s figures mean that the numbers on the Live Register have now increased by more than 20,000 in two months and are now at the highest level since July 2004“.
The national unemployment rate remains at 4.6pc, but the National Organisation of the Unemployed pointed to a striking gender difference in the latest figures, with 1,100 more men and 300 fewer women now on the register .