Tuesday 20 February 2018

Brendan Keenan: We cannot afford a system that kills off jobs

Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

OF all the figures in yesterday's employment survey from the Central Statistics Office, the grimmest is that almost one in every three people under 25 is unemployed. The young are the most vulnerable in any employment slump -- which is the only word for what is happening.

They are often the first to lose their jobs when companies are cutting their workforces. In Ireland's case, many are among the 100,000 plus who were put out of work by the collapse of the building industry.

The number of young people looking for work also increases naturally as they graduate from school and college. Many are going straight to the unemployment queue, adding to that grim statistic.

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