Sunday 19 November 2017

Tackling long-term unemployment vital to Ireland's future

People queue for social welfare. Picture: Mark Condren
People queue for social welfare. Picture: Mark Condren

Tony Keohane

The good news is that Ireland is steadily getting back on track. Recent figures saw our unemployment rate fall to a five-year low of 11.2pc. Over 1,000 new jobs are being created every single week and there has been a big upsurge in confidence and investment.

For the first time since the financial crisis hit, our national level of joblessness dipped below the Eurozone average. These positive developments should not give rise to any sense of complacency. There is still a lot of work to do. This major recession had a deep impact that is still sadly being felt by countless families.

Far too many people are still out of work. It is important to recognise this fact and its effect. Put simply, it profoundly impacts on people's prospects of living a stable and happy life.

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