The Association said it continues to be particularly concerned at the level of long term and youth unemployment, together with the emigration of young people
According to ISME Chief Executive, Mark Fielding, “the continuous increase in unemployment and in particular the long term unemployed clearly demonstrates that the Government’s job strategy is not working. Much more action is required on the jobs crisis to arrest the savage loss of jobs”.
The Association called on the Government to introduce a jobs initiative to subsidise employment, and reform the social welfare system to make it worthwhile to work and come off the dole. “While the government cannot create jobs its responsibility is to foster an environment in which jobs can be created,” a spokesman said.