The Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said jobs can only be created by making the economy grow.
He was responding to the latest Live Register figures which have recorded an increase in those signing on.
Speaking during a visit to County Donegal last night, the Taoiseach said suggestions by the opposition to create jobs in a vacuum are "unworkable".
Mr Cowen said: "The Live Register isn't the best barometer of who is unemployed, it covers also other people who are signing for credits which is why it is in line with predictions given the recession we have had.
"Everything we do is to create jobs, every aspect of government work is to create jobs and you can only do that by making the economy more competitive and reducing costs.
"The only way you can create jobs is to bring growth back into the economy."