Reaction to CSO figures:
New CSO figures showing an increase in employment levels of 58,000 or 3.2% over the past year have been welcomed today (26.11.13) by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), but the organisation has warned that this further highlights the need for a fully funded youth guarantee to assist young jobseekers into work.
Reacting to the CSO Quarterly National Household Survey* figures released today James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said that this evidence of job growth is good news for young jobseekers who, given the appropriate supports and skills, now have a better – if still challenging – chance of getting work.
“With continued signs of an upswing in employment it’s now vital to support young people with quality education, training and apprenticeship opportunities so they have the skills to get the jobs becoming available. There is a danger that without this support these young people and, in particular, the almost 28,000 young people unemployed for one year or more, will be left behind,” warned Mr Doorley.
“These figures strengthen the case for a fully funded and comprehensive youth guarantee, as we need to ensure young people are job ready as more jobs, especially at entry level are created,” continued Mr Doorley.
However, the Youth Council also highlighted that the CSO figures indicate that emigration continues to act as a safety-valve, with reductions in unemployment partly attributed to the number of young people leaving Ireland. According to Mr Doorley: “there is evidence of continued emigration in the figures, with a fall in employment among those aged 25-34 by 9,200 or by 1.8%.”
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email email@example.com
Notes to Editors:
* CSO: Quarterly National Household Survey (Quarter 3 2013), released 26.11.13:
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