Sunday 18 March 2018

Number of people signing on drops to lowest recorded in nine years - but concerns remain over youth unemployment

The number of those signing on has been reduced to 256,800 (Stock image)
The number of those signing on has been reduced to 256,800 (Stock image)
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The number of people on the live register dropped by 3,000 (down 1.2pc) in July 2017 on a monthly comparison.

According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of those signing on has been reduced to 256,800 (seasonally adjusted) - the lowest recorded since October 2008.

The number of men recorded on the live register dropped by 1,900 (down 1.3pc), while the number of women fell by 1,100 (down 1pc) over the same period.

On an annual comparison, the number of men fell by 28,901 (down 16pc) to 151,513 in the year to July 2018, while the number of women signing on dropped by 15,709 (down 11.3pc) to 122,872.

Credit: CSO
Credit: CSO

The live register is not designed to measure unemployment; it includes part-time workers, seasonal and casual workers.

However, concern has been raised at the third monthly increase in a row in the number of young jobseekers under 2

According to the CSO, there were 32,237 young people under 25 signing on the live register, up by 505 since June 2017, with 2,512 more when compared with April 2017.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) - which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people - has called on Government to commit to reducing the number of young people under 26 who are long term unemployed to under 5,000 by the end of 2018.

"It is vital we support young jobseekers into education, training and work experience and prevent the drift into long-term joblessness," James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said.

"This will require a renewed focus on the implementation of the EU Youth Guarantee and the provision of additional education and training places."

"The overall decrease in youth unemployment since 2012 has been welcome; however, we must not lose sight of the underlying problem of long term youth unemployment. At 11,257, a substantial cohort of young people has been unemployed for 12 months or more."

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