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Ireland – The Celtic Tiger – Unemployment hits 14.9 per cent – Women hardest hit

Government statisticians say Ireland’s unemployment rate has risen to an 18-year high of 14.9 per cent, underscoring the country’s struggle to stimulate its economy amid debt fears and austerity pressures.

via Sky News: Irish unemployment hits 14.9 per cent.

Unemployment rate (To April 12012)


Number of women joining dole queues double that of men – National News –

MORE than twice as many women as men signed on for the first time last month.

New figures show the rate of unemployment rose again in June — the third month in a row it has increased.

The figures, released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), reveal unemployment was 14.9pc in June — up from 14.7pc the previous month.

It means unemployment is now significantly higher than the peak of 14.6pc last autumn and at its highest since 1994.

The CSO said an extra 2,700 people joined the dole queues in June, compared to May.

Women were hardest hit, with an extra 1,900 signing on last month — more than double the 800 men who applied for the social welfare supports…

via Number of women joining dole queues double that of men – National News –

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