The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has expressed concern at the increase in the number of young people on the live register. New figures released today (02.07.14) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the number of those aged under 25 signing on the Live Register in June was 61,448. This represents an increase of 2,932 compared to the May 2014 figure of 58,516.
Concern at long term unemployed young people
Commenting on today’s figures James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said:
“While seasonal factors may be at play with regard to some of the increase, we should all be concerned at the high number of long-term unemployed young people. Recent figures from the Department of Social Protection indicate that over 24,000 young people have been on the live register for one year or more.”*
“While the overall rate of youth unemployment has declined since the peak in early 2012, the Quarter 1 National Quarterly Household survey** indicated that the number of young people in employment also declined since 2012, from 151,000 to 142,000. This data confirms that the main factors in the decline in youth unemployment are continued emigration, young people staying or returning to education and a decline in the youth population in the last few years, rather than increased employment among young people,” continued Mr Doorley.
Slow pace of Youth Guarantee
“We are concerned at the slow pace of implementation of the Youth Guarantee. It is supposed to run initially in 2014 and 2015. The Irish Youth Guarantee Plan was published in January 2014 but 6 months on the programme has not begun and very little has changed for young unemployed people on the ground.
“While we fully accept that offering a guarantee of a quality education, training or work experience place to a young person unemployed for 4 months or more is a significant challenge, we need to see more urgency and action. We are particularly concerned about the 24,000 long term unemployed young people who are in danger of being left behind in any recovery or employment growth unless more concerted action is taken,” added Mr Doorley.
Calls for Minister of State with responsibility for Youth Guarantee
“There is a danger of an acceptance of high levels of youth unemployment. NYCI believes that the current rates and numbers are not acceptable and that is why we are calling on the Government, in the upcoming reshuffle, to demonstrate its commitment to tackling youth unemployment by appointing a Minister of State with responsibility for driving forward the youth employment agenda and with responsibility for implementation of the Youth Guarantee,” concluded Mr Doorley.
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 1 2014), released 26.05.14:
National Youth Council of Ireland
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.
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