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Jobs Policy Needed

The number of people living in Cork East Constituency on the live register at the end of last year stood at 12080, says Fine Gael TD, David Stanton.

“Cork East Constituency, which I represent in Dail Eireann, covers parts of East and North Cork including Carrigtwohill, Cobh, Fermoy, Mallow, Midleton, Mitchelstown and Youghal. The number of people signing on here has increased from 7345 in December 2008 to 12080 in December 2010. This represents an increase of 64.9% over two years, well above the Cork County average of 61.6%. This increase also does not take into account the tens of thousands emigrating.

“Despite emigration on a similar to scale to the 1980s, the number signing on in social welfare offices in Cobh, Fermoy, Mallow, Midleton and Youghal is continuing to rise. There is a need to put in place policies that will lead to job creation and growth. Our small businesses in particular need support and opportunities.

                    December 2008          December 2009            December 2010
                  682                                          1063                                       1172
Fermoy          1703                                         2729                                       2798
Mallow           1732                                          2593                                       2833
Midleton       2021                                          3278                                       3372
Youghal         1207                                         1774                                       1905
Total                7345                                       11437                                     12080

“Young people under 25 in the Cork East area are also finding it very difficult, with 1866 now on the live register. People this age are one of the main age groups being forced to emigrate in search for work. Employment and training policies must be developed to stop this talent “brain drain”, which will prove very costly to our economy for many years.

“Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 437,079 people were on the live register at the end of 2010. The national standardised unemployment rate now stands at 13.4%. Anyone interested in seeing how Fine Gael plan to address our economic problems can go to my website at