By Daniel Hunter
Official figures show an unchanged standardised unemployment rate of 14% in Ireland, leading Chambers Ireland to call for an increased focus from Government on the domestic economy.
"While it is welcome that that there has been no increase in the unemployment rate, it is clear that the economy remains flat. Measures must be taken to drive domestic demand and increase consumer confidence," Seán Murphy, Chambers Ireland Deputy Chief Executive said.
"While much analysis of the economy has been on credit availability, it is becoming increasingly clear that the main problem facing many struggling businesses is a lack of demand.
"Figures from the ESRI show a peak-to-trough decline in demand of 20%, a figure surpassed only by Iceland. Demand is the key to helping Irish businesses, which will lead to a much needed increase in job creation."
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