ADDRESS YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN BUDGET 2019 – BROUGHAN

Deputy Tommy Broughan has, this week, received replies to Parliamentary Questions that he raised on behalf of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) showing the extent of youth unemployment by county.  Earlier this summer, the NYCI called for an investment of €22m into education, training and apprenticeships to halve Ireland’s high youth unemployment rates.  In his own pre-budget submission, which he delivered to the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, yesterday, Deputy Broughan called for a restoration of Jobseekers’ Rates for Under 26s.  While the most recent unemployment figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that there was a slight fall in youth unemployment, at 12.9% it is still more than double the national unemployment rate of 5.4%.

There are over 20,000 young people in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance across the country with 7,762 of these receiving this payment for more than 12 months, 4,500 for between 6-12 months, 3,061 for 3-6 months and 4,800 for less than 3 months.  Dublin has the highest number of Jobseekers’ Allowance recipients at 4,715, followed by Cork at 1,421, Donegal at 1,136, Limerick at 1,101, Tipperary at 1,038 and Wexford at 980.  There are a further 2,021 young people in receipt of Jobseekers’ Benefit, 1,200 of whom have been receiving this payment for less than 3 months, 540 for between 3-6 months, 257 for between 6-12 months and 24 for more than 12 months.  Again Dublin has the highest number at 611, followed again by Cork at 181 and Limerick at 100.

The PQ replies also showed that, up to the end of September 2018, there were 1,376 under 26 participants in Community Employment Schemes.  532 of these were in Dublin, 122 in Cork, 70 in Galway and 64 in both Waterford and Wexford.  Minister Doherty’s PQ replies also state that there have been 3,332 people under 25 years who have been in the JobsPlus youth scheme to date.  Again, the majority of these have been in Dublin (594), with Cork (191), Tipperary (188) and Donegal (178) following.  The full county breakdowns are available in the tables below.

Deputy Broughan says “While Ireland’s youth unemployment rate is still lower than the Eurozone average (around 16%); it is still worrying that it is more than double the national unemployment rates.  I support the NYCI’s and USI’s call for greatly improved investment in, and access to, education and apprenticeships and certainly hope that we see some positive measures to address youth unemployment in Budget 2019.”

Jobseeker’s Allowance        
County <3mths 3-6mths 6-12mths > 12 Mths
Carlow  105  58  92  166
Cavan  76  62  80  182
Clare  118  63  99  166
Cork  365  221  312  523
Donegal  273  166  250  447
Dublin  1,238  729  1,055  1,690
Galway  173  110  193  346
Kerry  146  78  132  209
Kildare  160  115  205  249
Kilkenny  62  50  81  129
Laois  90  87  111  214
Leitrim  50  26  40  70
Limerick  242  155  235  469
Longford  89  37  66  140
Louth  226  141  198  311
Mayo  98  78  122  218
Meath  98  70  105  204
Monaghan  55  42  60  79
Offaly  119  90  112  215
Roscommon  42  44  53  118
Sligo  78  45  78  102
Tipperary  244  160  231  403
Waterford  186  

138

 148  273
Westmeath  151  80  131  233
Wexford  211  143  214  412
Wicklow  105  73  97  194

 

Jobseeker’s Benefit        
County <3mths 3-6mths 6-12mths >12Mths
Carlow 24 9 4 0
Cavan 15 8 3 0
Clare 31 8 4 0
Cork 100 54 26 1
Donegal 43 14 17 4
Dublin 368 166 73 4
Galway 67 20 8 3
Kerry 47 15 8 3
Kildare 52 19 11 1
Kilkenny 4 9 6 0
Laois 15 15 5 0
Leitrim 15 2 2 1
Limerick 63 27 10 0
Longford 13 6 1 0
Louth 39 18 5 0
Mayo 19 15 14 1
Meath 21 16 2 0
Monaghan 15 5 2 0
Offaly 24 14 5 1
Roscommon 9 8 6 0
Sligo 10 4 4 2
Tipperary 55 9 10 0
Waterford 43 30 8 0
Westmeath 22 11 6 0
Wexford 49 18 14 2
Wicklow 37 20 3 1

 

Credits Only        
County <3mths 3-6mths 6-12mths >12Mths
Carlow 1      
Cavan        
Clare     2  
Cork 4 3 2 2
Donegal 1 1 1 2
Dublin 15 6 11 3
Galway 2 1   1
Kerry 2 3 5  
Kildare 2 2 1 2
Kilkenny 2 1    
Laois   1    
Leitrim 1 1   1
Limerick        
Longford 1   1  
Louth   1   1
Mayo 1 1    
Meath 2 1   1
Monaghan 1      
Offaly 3   2  
Roscommon   1    
Sligo        
Tipperary   1 1 8
Waterford 1 2 2 3
Westmeath 2     1
Wexford 1 1 1 4
Wicklow 3 2 2 2

 

County   of Project No of   U/26 Participants
CARLOW 23
CAVAN 23
CLARE 10
CORK 122
DONEGAL 44
DUBLIN 532
GALWAY 70
KERRY 36
KILDARE 26
KILKENNY 26
LAOIS 7
LEITRIM 7
LIMERICK 58
LONGFORD 16
LOUTH 49
MAYO 20
MEATH 47
MONAGHAN 17
OFFALY 10
ROSCOMMON 5
SLIGO 10
TIPPERARY 30
WATERFORD 64
WESTMEATH 33
WEXFORD 64
WICKLOW 27
TOTAL 1376

 

County JobsPlus/Under 25 yrs
Dublin               594
Cork                 191
Tipperary            188
Donegal              178
Wexford               172
Waterford            147
Galway               143
Kildare              142
Louth                142
Limerick             141
Meath                130
Westmeath            123
Wicklow              109
Offaly               106
Mayo                 105
Kerry                99
Cavan                82
Carlow               81
Clare                81
Laois                76
Monaghan             71
Kilkenny             62
Roscommon            49
Sligo                 46
Leitrim              38
Longford             36
   
Total 3,332