MIKE WALSH'S comments came in the same week that the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) called for action to be taken to address the issue of youth unemployment.
They pointed out that the unemployment rate among Irish people under the age of 25 now stands at almost 31% - almost 7% worse than the European average.
The latest Live Register figures for March issued by the CSO have also shown a dramatic decrease in the number young people signing on in North Cork.
This would indicate that young people are choosing to leave the country in order to find work rather than face a life on the dole queue.
When compared to March 2012, the figures showed that the number of people under the age of 25 on the Live Register at social welfare offices in Fermoy, Mallow, Newmarket and Macroom had dipped over the 12-month period.
In March of 2012 there was 1,309 people under-25 signing the register in North Cork with that figure dropping to 1,157 for the corresponding month in 2013.
This represents a total fall of 152 people or just over 11%.
Fermoy experienced the largest percentage drop of the four offices, almost 14%, with Macroom seeing a 12.5% reduction, Newmarket 11% and Mallow a reduction of just over 9%.
These figures were mirrored across Cork County with the number of under-25s on the live register falling by 15% over the 12-month period.
Interestingly, the number of young males on the live register has decreased disproportionally more than females over the period. This would indicate that the dramatic collapse of the construction industry is still having a major affect.
Nowhere is this more evident than in sporting clubs across the region, with many talented young players leaving home to find employment.