SFA Comment on Live register Figures July 2013

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

SFA welcomes further decrease in Live Register figures

Action required to address under 25s

“If Government is forthright in their ambition to address unemployment then they must not increase the cost of employment in Budget 2014.” Avine McNally, Acting Director, Small Firms Association.

Commenting on the live register figures for July the Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Avine McNally said, “Today’s figures indicate a stabilisation of employment within firms; however, the figures remain higher than desired.

“While it is positive to see a reduction in under 25s (-10.1%) on the register, more needs to be done. This reduction is being influenced by emigration. Active labour policies are only part of the solution in reducing youth unemployment. A strong commitment and focus on education, growth and recovery is vital to ensure young people have future careers in Ireland.”

“The task the Government faces in re-skilling and retraining the long term unemployed is daunting, but necessary, if Ireland is to further improve the quality of our workforce and avoid a long period of structural unemployment.”

“To allow small firms create jobs it is essential that Government take firm action to address cost competitiveness, access to finance and late payments. By taking this action Government will be contributing directly to job retention and creation.”

“If Government is forthright in their ambition to address unemployment then they must not increase the cost on employment in Budget 2014.”

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For further information, please contact Avine McNally, Acting Director, SFA: Tel: 01 605 1633 or Mobile: 087 6450205.
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