2,500 JOIN THE DOLE QUEUE.
As 150 new jobs were unveiled at Dublin Aerospace, the Central Statistics Office said the unemployment rate in October rose to 14.4%, up from 14.3% in September.
Long-term claimants on the Live Register remain at crisis point, with 179,773 signing on for a year or more - up 22% in the past year.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who officially opened Dublin Aerospace's new centre, said his top priority is to restore economic growth and protect and create jobs.
He added: "Today's announcement shows there are success stories and great opportunities, especially for indigenous Irish companies like Dublin Aerospace." Meanwhile, Unite said its members who work at the insurance company Aviva have voted in favour of industrial action following a recent announcement that 950 jobs in Ireland are to be cut.
The trade union said workers have not yet been consulted on the drastic reductions or made aware which roles and areas are at risk.