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Lower unemployment rate is welcome but youth unemployment remains too high – Quinlivan

5 September, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD today welcomed the news that the unemployment rate has fallen to a nine year low, but says the focus must now shift to addressing the problem of youth unemployment which remains too high. 

Speaking today, Teachta Quinlivan said;

“I welcome the news today that the unemployment level has dropped to 6.3%. The recovery in our economy over the last decade is testament to the hard-work, resilience and determination of Irish workers and businesses.

“However, the youth unemployment level remains worryingly high at 12.7%, an increase from the previous month. This is the generation who graduated from school or college when the economy was on the floor, and need particular help in finding their feet in the labour market. 

“Sinn Féin recognises this, and has developed a five year apprenticeship policy aimed at giving young people the opportunity to take part in further education and training as a route into employment. 

“Expanding the apprenticeship system will give more people the opportunity to upskill and gain work experience and increasing the range of programmes will also ensure Ireland has a diversified skilled workforce for a range of industries in the coming years. 

 “This is the fourth month in a row where youth unemployment has risen, so clearly nothing is being done to help get these young people into the workforce. 

 “In addition, under 25s out of work are entitled to significantly reduced amounts of social welfare payments, which often makes it difficult to afford to travel to interviews for jobs.

 “Fine Gael must do far more to ensure these young people don’t get lost in the system.” 

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