‘People need action on ‘depressing’ jobless figures’ - Doyle

Mr. Emmet Doyle.
Mr. Emmet Doyle.

SDLP candidate for the Moor area in Derry, Emmet Doyle has said the people of Derry and right across the region need decisive action from the Executive to tackle the latest ‘depressing’ jobless figures, which show another increase in those out of work.

Mr Doyle commented following the publication of the latest labour market survey which shows, in particular, youth and long term unemployment are increasing.

“These figures are depressing. The overall unemployment rate is up from the last quarter, youth unemployment is registering at the rate of 23.1% of all 18-24 year olds, an increase of nearly 2% over the last year and yet this city has seen little or no investment in jobs from the DUP/Sinn Fein led Executive,” said Mr. Doyle.

“Belfast, it appears, is continually prioritised for job creation while people in this city are crying out for employment. What more evidence is needed to persuade the two largest parties that Derry must be given urgent and special attention with regards job creation, in particular for our young people.

“The leadership of the two largest parties have a poor economic record in the North West and they must now make every effort to improve the lives of people in Derry, and the North West region.

“We need action from this Executive before we start to see the long term effects of their mismanagement, especially in terms of child poverty and mass emigration.”