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Number of people in employment under 34 drops yet again – Reilly

21 May, 2015 - by Kathryn Reilly


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Youth Affairs Senator Kathryn Reilly has reacted to the latest Central Statistics Office (CSO) Quarterly National Household Survey which has yet again highlighted the drop in the number of young people under the age of 34 in employment in the state.

Senator Reilly stated:

“Quarter upon quarter since this government took office we have seen the figures for the number of young people in employment drop. It is a problem which I have raised countless times in the Seanad and in the press.

“This quarter alone, Q1 2015, saw a drop of 5,900 people in employment since the end of 2014, Q4 2014.

“When we look at the bigger picture the figures are far more staggering. Since this government took office the number of people under 34 in employment has dropped by a shocking 62,500.”

“These figures fly in the face of Fine Gael and Labour spin about job creation across the state. The sharp drop in the number of people under 34 in employment further indicates that we are still one of the crisis countries. This is partly because Fine Gael and Labour policies caused a double-dip recession after they came to office.

“Furthermore, the in employment decrease is also matched in the drop of the number of people in the labour force. There are now 151,600 fewer people under the age of 34 in the labour force in the state. The vast majority of these people have left Ireland to find not only work, but decent work with decent pay and a chance of career progression. A number have also left in order to achieve a better standard of living, where public services are properly funded and not pared back to the bare minimum.

“This government needs to take a serious look at the Ireland it is creating, an Ireland where our young people leave in their thousands, an Ireland where inequality is growing, an Ireland where people are afraid to get sick or have children.

“However, you can be sure that Fine Gael and Labour will turn a blind eye to the reality of what’s happening.”

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