Lenihan: Unemployment figures better than feared

The Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan has said that the latest unemployment figures are not as bad as previous projections.

According to the CSO, there were just under 265,000 people out of work in the second quarter of the year.

Overall employment levels were down 8.2%, with jobs in the construction sector plummeting by 35%.

But Minister Lenihan says the rate of increase in unemployment is easing.


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