Unemployment drops in Ireland, but what is the reality?

The latest statistics from the CSO (Central Statistics Office) show that unemployment has dropped to 10.6%, down from 10.7% in November.

There were 356,112 people signing on the Live Register in December 2014,  which represents an annual decrease of 39,299.

While a reduction in unemployment figures can only be a good thing, it’s difficult to really know how accurate those figures are.

For example, people on job schemes might be taken off the live register, so while they’re not in employment, they are officially not unemployed.

It’s encouraging that the unemployment rate was a lot higher in December 2013, where it was at 12.2%.

However, the familiar sight of Irish airports thronged with people bidding farewell to their families in the last week or so still shows that an awful lot of Irish people have had to emigrate to find work.

While we have heard the word “recovery” over the last few months, as someone from Limerick, I’d love to know where these jobs are? I’m not ignoring the fact that there were several high profile job announcements in the mid west of Ireland last year, but what about those of us who don’t work in high tech factory positions? Creative people? Web developers? Entrepreneurs? Is it Dublin or bust?

I wonder did the airports of Denmark or Austria or the Netherlands witness the same scenes seen in Dublin airport in the run up to Christmas, and just after it?

Is there the same issue with young Danish or Dutch having to go to Australia or New Zealand or Canada or Germany or London for work? Is a young Dane secure enough to know that when they want to get a job, they can stay and contribute to the Danish economy?

It would be good to look into emigration statistics in the EU to see if other countries experience similar emigration problems as Ireland.

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