State running to stand still on jobs

"Unconscionably high." That's how Pat Rabbitte, the Labour cabinet minister, describes Ireland's unemployment rate, which remains stubbornly concrete at 14.6 per cent.

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Ian Kehoe

24th February, 2013
Jobs minister Richard Bruton, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the launch of Action Plan for Jobs 2013. Photo: Tony O'Shea

"Unconscionably high." That's how Pat Rabbitte, the Labour cabinet minister, describes Ireland's unemployment rate, which remains stubbornly concrete at 14.6 per cent.

In an interview with *The Sunday Business Post*, Rabbitte said that getting 100,000 people back to work was the government's first priority, conceding that no government could stand over a 14.6 per cent unemployment rate.

Last Friday, the government unveiled its latest scheme to do something about it.

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