The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on the Government to tackle unemployment, after figures revealed that unemployment has risen to 14.4 percent this month.

USI says the actual unemployment level is higher, as the real figuew is being masked by increasing numbers of young people emigrating abroad for work.

The Government is making little or no attempt in keep the future drivers of the smart economy, our graduates, from emigrating to seek job opportunities on foreign shores, the Union stated.

Last month, the standardised unemployment rate rose by 0.1 per cent to 14.4 per cent in August as an additional 1,600 people signed on the Live Register.

“Decisive action must be taken to combat the rising levels of unemployment in this country. Graduates are leaving college with two options: emigration or the Live Register," said USI President Gary Redmond, "Job creation must be made a priority of the Government to stop more of our highly skilled graduates are leaving the country, many of whom will never return".

USI will continue to voice the concerns of Ireland’s students and graduates, who are anxious to be given the opportunity to rebuild Ireland’s economy, and contribute to the future prosperity of the country. 

"USI is again urging the Government to start taking drastic action in tackling the crippling unemployment crisis that is forcing graduates to emigrate in search of job opportunities in other countries," Redmond concluded.