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.”
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