Mallow worst for young jobless

MALLOW HAS MORE YOUNG JOBLESS THAN ANY TOWN IN CO CORK

BILL BROWNE AND JOE LEOGUE

Published 29/11/2012 | 08:58

MORE people aged 25 or younger are signing on the live register in Mallow than any other town in County Cork, figures from the Central Statistics Office have revealed.

Mallow based Sinn Fein spokeswoman Melissa Mullane called on local Minister of Innovation and Jobs, Sean Sherlock, to "acknowledge the serious problem of youth unemployment in Mallow."

"We have a Minister for jobs here in Mallow, but still youth unemployment is worse here than almost anywhere else in Cork. With 418 under25s on the live register, which is close to 16% of the total unemployment figure for the town," said Ms Mullane. MORE people aged 25 or younger are signing on the live register in Mallow than any other town in County Cork, figures from the Central Statistics Office have revealed.

Furthermore, Mallow is second only to Cobh in terms of the number of young people signing on as a percentage of the total on the live register in the town.

The figures reveal 418 people aged under-25 signed on the live register in Mallow in October - more than in any other centre in Cork outside the city.

Those 418 people account for almost 15.5% of the 2,697 signing on in Mallow - second only to Cobh where 17.1% of the 1,126 signing on are under 25.

Mallow based Sinn Fein spokeswoman Melissa Mullane called on local Minister of Innovation and Jobs, Sean Sherlock, to "acknowledge the serious problem of youth unemployment in Mallow."

"We have a Minister for jobs here in Mallow, but still youth unemployment is worse here than almost anywhere else in Cork. With 418 under-25s on the live register, which is close to 16% of the total unemployment figure for the town," said Ms Mullane.

"This does not take into account those who have had no option but to leave the country and that would mainly come from this demographic group," she added.

She accused Minister Sherlock and his government colleagues of paying lip service to the plight of the youth in this country.

"They give lofty statements on how, through our well educated next generation, we will recover economically, but all the while we are exporting our best assets. In addition, we are giving those who remain here no immediate prospect of employment," said Ms Mullane.

Ms Mullane said the youth of Ireland deserved more from their public representatives than lip service.

"Scrapping anti-youth jobs policies like raising the retirement age and JobBridge should happen. A stimulus targeting labour intensive projects is now a necessity before it is too late for many more young people who choose the travel agent as their escape," she added.

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