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Government must tackle long-term unemployment - Quinlivan

28 July, 2016 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Maurice Quinlivan TD, has said he is disappointed with the latest unemployment figures. Speaking in response to the publication of the government’s economic indicators for June Deputy Quinlivan said:

“While there is a slight drop in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, now at 7.8% there are still far too many people out of work.

“According to the latest figures 100,600 people have been unemployed for a year or more and 4.7% are categorised as long term unemployed.

“So while I welcome the fact that we have a surplus of €45.4bn in goods trade, such high unemployment figures are not acceptable.

“According to the recent CSO census data, the population has increased by 3.7% and nationally we are nearing the five million mark.

“Taken together these factors highlight the need for a long-term coordinated strategy to address issues resulting to the restructuring of the labour market.

“Going forward we need to deal with underemployment, long term unemployment, and the growth of precarious work. 

“Right now we have the highest figures in the OECD for the numbers of young people between the ages of 15 and 25 who are not engaged in education, training or the labour market.

“Clearly what we need is a properly resourced national apprenticeship scheme, serious efforts to tackle long-term unemployment and an end to uneven regional development."

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