Number of long-term jobless doubles
The number of people languishing in long-term unemployment has doubled over the last year.
Official figures revealed the rate of those out of work for more than a year soared to 6.5% by autumn.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) said there were 299,000 people unemployed in the third quarter of 2010, a jump of 19,200 over the year.
But while the rate of job losses eased, a staggering 140,400 people had not worked for at least 12 months.
Sinn Fein accused the Government of ruining the State and failing its people.
Arthur Morgan, enterprise spokesman, said: "It is time this Government woke up. The lesson is simple: Banks bailouts don't create jobs, investment will.
"Budget 2011 was a wasted opportunity."