Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Dara Calleary TD, says the latest CSO job figures reinforce his call for a pro-jobs budget next month.
Figures releases by the CSO reveal that 415,000 people in Ireland were on the Live Register at the end of August.
“The latest CSO statistics highlight the importance of jobs and job creation in the budget. We need to see practical job creation measures introduced by Minister Richard Bruton next month.
“It is also imperative that the capital budget is not only protected in the budget but expanded. Investing in capital projects will result in immediate job creation in the construction sector, which we all know has been one of hardest hit industries in the recession. The Government has actually underspent the capital budget this year by €223 million, they are using the capital budget as a tool to balance their books rather than using the money wisely to create employment. This needs to change.
“The Government point to the Action Plan for Jobs as their response to the crisis. They trumpet a whole of government approach but there has been no discernible change in unemployment levels since they came to office promising 200,000 new jobs.
“It is clear that the Government is failing to tackle the unemployment crisis in any meaningful manner. All the glossy jobs initiatives, the high-profile launches and the big promises have not worked. The long-term unemployment rate is increasing every single month.
“We need to ensure that we have targeted employment schemes that result in genuine job opportunities, that we have sufficient training and up-skilling opportunities for the long-term unemployed and that we have enough people and resources targeted at getting people back to work.
“Next month’s budget will be measured on job creation initiatives that have the ability to support growth in real employment. Anything else is just more Government spin with no substance.”