Unemployment on the rise

Unemployment on the rise

Unemployment on the rise

as 4,500 set to emigrate

by Matt Britton and Dermot Carr

With news of closures and job losses now emerging on almost a daily basis Donegal is very much bucking the national trend as the county continues to show an increase in unemployment figures with the resultant brain drain to far off shores.

The Mayor of Donegal, Cllr. Cora Harvey has said that the present trend lends credence to the tourism marketing slogan - "Up here we are different"

"This is an indictment of the leadership of this country as other parts of the country are showing slight decreases while we are still experiencing job losses." said Mayor Harvey.

On a month on month comparison there was an overall increase of 123 persons on the live register the county with Killybegs, Ballybofey and Letterkenny showing the largest increases, However both Ballyshannon and Dunfanaghy showed small improvements in the situation.

Perhaps the most frightening statistic supplied by the Central Statistics Office is that in the four year period from January 2008 to last month the numbers have risen from 9,651 to 21, 835 persons on the live register which is well over double the number claiming social welfare.

It is felt that if one takes into account the number of foreign nationals who have returned home and others who may have emigrated, the true figures could be much worse