Thursday 29 September 2016

Ireland's unemployment rate stalls at 9.7pc for third month in a row

Shane O'Riordan

Published 05/08/2015 | 12:17

Ireland's unemployment rate stalls at 9.7pc for third month in a row
Ireland's unemployment rate stalls at 9.7pc for third month in a row

Ireland’s unemployment rate has stalled for a third month in a row at 9.7pc as the number out of work increased by 300 when compared with June, according to latest CSO figures.

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The number of unemployed, adjusted for seasonal factors, increased to 208,900 in July but showed a decrease of 32,400 compared with the same time last year.

The number of males unemployed in July was 127,700. This represents a decrease of 200 when compared to June. But last month the number of females unemployed was 81,200, an increase of 500 from June.

The youth unemployment rate, based on those aged 15-24 who were part of the labour force, climbed from 19.9pc in June to 20.2pc last month.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) have expressed concern at consistently high youth unemployment which is double the pre-crisis rate. NYCI Deputy Director James Doorley explained: “Youth unemployment is still high, at twice the rate it was before 2008. Moreover, the latest figures at the end of June show that almost 19,000 young people were on the live register for one year or more.”

The jobless rate among men was 10.8pc in July, while for women it was 8.4%. Males currently make up more than six out of every ten people officially out of work across the country.

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