Live register: small decrease in number signing on welcome but 20.3% youth unemployment still far too high
Calls for Government to step up implementation of Youth Guarantee
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has today issued a reminder that at 20.3%* youth unemployment is still far too high.
New figures released today (04.03.15) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the number of those aged under 25 signing on the Live Register in February 2015 was 48,524. This represents a decrease of 765 compared to the January 2015 figure of 49,289.
Commenting on today’s figures James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “While we welcome the small reduction in young people signing on, it is important to remember that the live register figures are not a measure of unemployment. Unemployment is measured by the CSO Quarterly National Household Survey, and the latest data from the CSO here shows that youth unemployment remains stubbornly high at over 20%.
“We should take these recent figures as a timely reminder that a continual and consistent focus must be kept on the issue of youth unemployment. In particular, we are calling on Government to step up implementation of the Youth Guarantee, which is designed to ensure that any young person unemployed for four months or more is guaranteed a quality education, training or work experience place, ” concluded Mr Doorley.
The youth council has actively campaigned on the issue of youth unemployment for a number of years, and last week launched a report on JobBridge entitled ‘Stepping Stone or Dead End’ which calls for reform of the scheme. The report is available at www.youth.ie/JobBridge
The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment. It includes part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA). Unemployment is measured by the Quarterly National Household Survey and the latest estimated number of persons unemployed as of the fourth quarter of 2014 was 213,600. (Source: CSO)
About National Youth Council of Ireland
NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. www.youth.ie