Friday 15 December 2017

Editorial: Government must help young jobless into work

There are any amount of figures one can pluck from the unemployment statistics released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) yesterday, the good, the bad and the disturbing. The good news is that the unemployment rate is down again, the 24th consecutive month of decrease, and at 11.6pc brings us more into line with European average.

The bad news is that there are still 386,000 people on the Live Register and that 47.4pc of all claimants, or 188,858 individuals, are now classed as "long-time claimants". The longer people continue to claim, the less likely they are to ever work again.

But the most disturbing part of the figures released yesterday is that 61,448 of those signing on for social welfare last month are under the age of 25, and that figure is almost 3,000 more than the previous month.

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