Youth Council: Decrease in young people signing on welcome, but over 13,500 under 26s long-term unemployed still far too high
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has voiced concern at the number of long-term unemployed aged under 26. New figures released today (01.12.16) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the number of those aged under 25 signing on the Live Register in November 2016 was 30,851. This represents a decrease of 1,408 compared to the October 2016 figure of 32,259.*
Concern at long-term unemployed young people However, Department of Social Protection (DSP) data from a recent response to parliamentary questions show that over 13,500 young people are unemployed long-term, (12 months or more) with over 4,500 unemployed for more than three years.**
Commenting on the figures James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “While we welcome the small reduction in young people signing on, we should all be concerned at the high number of long-term unemployed young people. The latest data from the Department of Social Protection indicate that 13,559 young people under 26 have been on the Live Register for one year or more.** We must ensure that this group is not left behind as the economy improves.”
Youth Guarantee Scheme needs to be implemented “In January 2014, the then Government announced the Youth Guarantee Plan. At its heart is the proposal that any young person on the live register for four months or more would be guaranteed a quality education, training or work experience opportunity. We are concerned that almost three years into the implementation of the Youth Guarantee Plan that there are still over 13,500 young people on the live register for 12 months or more. We need concerted Government action to reduce these numbers and to support this cohort into quality education, training or work experience opportunities that leads to sustainable and decent employment,” continued Mr Doorley.
“It is a concern that the Youth Guarantee scheme appears to have fallen off the political agenda. The scheme should be preventing the drift into long-term unemployment. If fully implemented the Youth Guarantee would drastically reduce the numbers of young people who are long-term unemployed and slash the overall youth unemployment rate. That would not only be very positive for the young people involved, but also their families, communities and the country as a whole. A renewed emphasis on this valuable scheme, and the political will to implement it fully, is urgently needed,” concluded Mr Doorley.
NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. www.youth.ie