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Mass youth emigration is still a major contributor to falling unemployment trends – Tóibín

17 November, 2015

A report from the CSO today has shown that youth emigration is still a major contributing factor in the falling unemployment trends.

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín commented after the release of today’s CSO report, saying:

“Whilst unemployment levels are slowly falling in the country, the trends of people aged 20 to 34 leaving our shores is continuing unabated.

“Over 320,000 remain on the live register with youth unemployment still hovering above 20%.

“The current rate of 8.9% unemployment is still double what it was in the year 2000.

“Factors such as the housing crisis, the inability to access affordable childcare and the uneven distribution of new jobs being created around the country are still forcing the youth and young families from their home towns and discouraging past emigrants from returning home.

“Ireland is still losing 300 young people per week to emigration and while this change in national demographics may skew employment statistics in a positive way but is clearly bad for society and also creates long term problems for the economy.” 

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