Press Release

23rd September 2010

 

Ward calls for urgent action on growing

unemployment in DLR

 

Dún Laoghaire now has shown the worst deterioration in employment in Dublin, after Balbriggan, over 2 years.

 

Councillor Barry Ward (Fine Gael – Blackrock) has called on the Government to take urgent action to arrest and reverse the growing trend of unemployment in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown.

 

According to the latest live register figures, Dún Laoghaire now has nearly 8,500 people signing-on every week. This appalling figure has gotten bigger and bigger and represents a 112.3% increase on this time two years ago.

 

“The Government needs new ideas to stem the flow of jobs in Dún Laoghaire,” said Councillor Ward. “I want to see schemes like the Kurzarbeit in Austria and Germany, or the Werkloosheidswet in the Netherlands.

 

“These innovative schemes supported businesses by allowing them to keep employees who would otherwise have been laid off, by temporarily subsidising their salaries. Given that it costs the exchequer at least €20,000 per annum per unemployed person, this kind of scheme would keep people in work and off the dole, and prevent the loss of skills and experience.”

 

“Fine Gael councillors on DLR reduced commercial rates in the county by 2% last year, despite huge cuts in funding from government. The response from the Department of Finance Valuation Office was to adjust the rate valuations of hundreds of businesses, resulting in crippling commercial rates for retail business. I have no doubt that this decision directly led to the loss of tens, if not hundreds, of jobs in the Dún Laoghaire area.”

 

Note for Editors:

Unemployment now stands at nearly 467,000 people (13.8%) nationally.

One third of the live register now long-term unemployed (only 20% this time last year).

Nearly 100,000 unemployed persons under 25 years of age.

 

Unemployment (CSO Live Register figures):

 

Dún Laoghaire

Dublin County

National

August 2008

3,980

58,128

247,384

August 2009

7,915

105,559

436,725

July 2010

8,414

112,155

466,824

August 2010

8,449

112,306

466,923

 

For more information on employment subsidy schemes in other European countries, consult the EFILWC’s Background Paper Europe in recession by following this link:

http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/pubdocs/2009/20/en/3/ef0920en.pdf

 

ENDS.

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