Belfast Telegraph

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."

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