Irish Examiner - Ireland | Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Christmas spending to create jobs
According to statistics published on Monday, unemployment in Ireland currently lies at more than 14 percent. The liberal daily the Irish Examiner calls on the Irish to spend generously in the Christmas season so as to create jobs: "Though no one expected any good news it is more than sobering to remind ourselves that, as we approach Christmas, 14.4 percent of the workforce are unemployed. This cold statistic hides great human tragedy. It hides too emigration figures we all know are keeping the figures at yesterday's mark. It is especially sad that more than half - 56.percent - of those without a job have been dependent on social welfare for more than a year. Though we should not need reminding we should remember that every cent we spend this Christmas has the potential to reduce those chilling figures and create or sustain jobs never more precious."
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