‘Unfortunately they didn’t get jobs’

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Padraig MacLochlainn says he would ‘love to believe’ the 7.3% decline in the numbers signing on the dole in Inishowen was down to people getting jobs.

“But, he added ‘ unfortunately we all know that’s not the case.”

The Inishowen TD ‘s comments come after it was revealed there were 21,422 people on the Live Register at the end of August, down 297 on the July figure and down 807 on August 2012.

The numbers ‘signing on’ saw a year on year fall of 3.6% with the biggest decrease, 7.3% in Inishowen.

Speaking with the Journal Deputy MacLochlainn commented: “Emigration is effecting these numbers more than government policies. way to get accurate figures for those in work and that is using their PPS numbers. It’s not rocket science. But they won’t do it because that would expose their total failure in regard to job creation.

The Sinn Fein man said that in Donegal the unemployment rate was hitting twice the national average.

“We have submitted parliamentary questions to the Minister asking him to introduce the PPS tracking so that we could see how many people in each county are at work or signing on each month. If their PPS number becomes inactive we would then know they have emigrated.

He added:“I would love to believe the 250 or so no t signing on in Inishowen in August got jobs but we all know that’s not the case. “

He said it was ‘only too obvious’ the government needed to do more on the jobs front.