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    Anecdotal report highlights emigration

    By Noreen Bowden | July 30, 2008

    Anecdotal evidence that emigration is rising is continuing to appear in the media.  There is a report in the Corkman local newspaper suggesting that builders have already started to emigrate.

    The report quotes a 21-year-old local man who lost his job as an apprentice electrician that he may be forced to go abroad:

    I can’t even begin to describe how frustrating it is to spend years working towards qualification and now find myself in a situation where I can not even get a labouring job. Already some of my friends have gone to England to find work. Unless I can find a job within the next few weeks I will have no option but to join them.

    Figures released today by the Central Statistics Office show a sharp rise in the number of people signing onto the Live Register this month. There are now 238,000 people on the Live Register – the highest in more than a decade. The figure jumped by more than 17,000 from June, the second-largest monthly increase on record.

    The unemployment rate is also rising rapidly, standing at 5.9% in July, up from 4.8% in the first quarter of this year.

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