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Youth Unemployment Rises in BMW Counties – Reilly

4 July, 2013

Speaking in response to the latest live register figures published by the CSO Sinn Féin spokesperson on Youth Affairs Senator Kathryn Reilly has called for “urgent action from Government to stem the growing tide of youth unemployment in the Border, Midland and Western counties.”

The CSO figures released today show that in June 2013 there were 23,176 young people signing on in the Border, Midlands and Western region, an increase of 1,463 on the last month.

Senator Reilly said:

“Youth unemployment currently stands at 30%. This figure does not include young people who have disengaged from employment services or who have emigrated in search of work.

“These figures from the CSO show that the number of young people signing on in the Border, Midlands and Western Region has increased since this last month. This also mirrors the trend in growth in the overall live register figures in the BMW region of 4,736 people since last month.

“Clearly the Government is not doing enough to stem the tide of youth unemployment. Urgent action is needed.

“Today the Oireachtas European Affairs Committee published my report on solutions to the youth unemployment crisis, in terms of the need for a youth guarantee. The report received unanimous cross party support from the committee.

“This report makes a number of practical recommendations for policy makers both on a pan-European level and within Ireland on how an effective, meaningful and robust Youth Guarantee can be realised. On its own a Youth Guarantee will not address the growing percentage of under 25s unable to find work, not in education or training or disengaged from employment services. However, a high quality scheme that receives adequate investment, is accessible to all, targets those in greatest need and works in the interests of young people can help address youth unemployment and in turn boost social and economic recovery. The report outlines the practical steps required for an intervention that could improve the opportunities and quality of life for a very large number of young people.

“For such a scheme to work it must be adequately funded and targeted at those in greatest need. The issue now is whether the contents, and in particular the recommendations, are taken up by the Minister for Social Protection and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

“For too long the Border, midland and western counties have been blighted by emigration, employment and youth unemployment and we need to see action taken by Government urgently to address this.”

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