430. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of jobless households here; the way in which the rate of jobless households compares to the EU average; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14750/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): According to the Eurostat Labour Force Survey, in 2016 there were 170.76 million households in the EU (excluding households composed solely of students or solely of inactive people aged 65 and over). Of these, some 29.49 million households (17.3% of the total) were jobless - that is, no adult in the household was working.
For Ireland, the total number of relevant households was 1,440,600, and of these some 253,000 (1...

309. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the percentage of youth unemployment in the south east; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13188/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The first publication of the Labour Force Survey which replaces the Quarterly National Household Survey (QHNS) was released on 16, January 2018 and is the official measure of unemployment. The most recent data shows that youth unemployment has fallen from a peak of 31% in 2012 to 12.2% in Q4 2017. Overall youth unemployment has fallen from well above the EU average in 2012 to well below the EU average of 16.4% in Q4...

581. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the extent of youth unemployment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8817/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Irish youth unemployment has fallen from a peak of 31.2% in 2012 to 13.7% in January 2018. Irish youth unemployment has thus fallen from well above the EU average in 2012 (23%) to well below the current figure EU figure of 19.1%. The long-term unemployment rate for young people has fallen from over 15% at peak to below 4% in the third quarter of 2017. 
Youth unemployment figures can be expected to fall further this...

582. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection extent of long term unemployment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8818/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Government policy to reduce unemployment is twofold. First, through policies set out in the Action Plan for Jobs, to create an environment in which business can succeed and create jobs; and second, through Pathways to Work to ensure that as many of these new jobs and other vacancies that arise in our economy are filled by people taken from the Live Register, and in particular the long-term unemployed. 
To date, these...

106. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach the number of jobless households, by county, in tabular form. (Question 5859/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. 
The CSO Labour Force Survey (LFS), which replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) in Q3 2017, is the official source of data for the jobless household indicator in the State. 
The most recent LFS figures available are for Q3 2017.
The indicator “People aged 18 - 59 years living in jobless households” is calculated as the share of persons aged 1...

107. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach the rate of youth unemployment in each region in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5861/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The Labour Force Survey (LFS), which replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) in Q3 2017, is the official source of estimates of unemployment in the State. The most recent LFS figures available are for Q3 2017.
The following table shows the unemployment (ILO) rates for persons aged 15 – 24 years classified by NUTS-3 regions in Q3 2017:
Unemployment (ILO) rates for persons aged 15 - 24 years classified by NUT...

111. Deputy James Browne asked the Taoiseach the number of long-term unemployed persons in County Wexford at the end of June 2016, December 2016, June 2017 and December 2017 respectively. (Question 4093/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 111 and 112 together.
The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. 
The CSO’s new Labour Force Survey (LFS) is currently the official source of estimates of Labour Market statistics in the State. This survey replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) from the beginning of Q3 2017.
Estimates of unemployment are produced by NUTS 3 regions and the most recent fi...

112. Deputy James Browne asked the Taoiseach the number of unemployed persons in County Wexford; the rate of unemployment in County Wexford; and the long-term unemployment rate in County Wexford. (Question 4094/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 111 and 112 together.
The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. 
The CSO’s new Labour Force Survey (LFS) is currently the official source of estimates of Labour Market statistics in the State. This survey replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) from the beginning of Q3 2017.
Estimates of unemployment are produced by NUTS 3 regions and the most recent fi...

211. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the rate of jobless households here; the way in which this compares to the EU average; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2244/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): According to the EUROSTAT Labour Force Survey, in 2016 there were 170.76 million households in the EU (excluding households composed solely of students or solely of inactive people aged 65 and over). Of these, some 29.49 million households (17.3% of the total) were jobless - that is, no adult in the household was working.
For Ireland, the total number of relevant households was 1,440,600, and of these some 253,000 (1...

708. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the rate of youth unemployment here; the way in which this compares with the EU average, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54155/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The rate of youth unemployment was 14.0% in October 2017. This compares with the most recent available EU figure (from EUROSTAT) of 18.6% as at October 2017.
Reflecting the impact of government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market, the rate of youth unemployment has fallen sharply from a peak of over 31.1% in 2012. At that time, the EU youth unemployment rate was 23.1%. Irish youth unemployment h...

510. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the extent of youth unemployment throughout the country, by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51210/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The official measure of unemployment, based on the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) indicates that the youth unemployment rate has fallen from a peak of 31% in 2012 to 14% in October 2017. Overall youth unemployment has fallen from well above the EU average in 2012 to well below the EU average of 16.6% in September 2017 (latest Eurostat data available).
Youth unemployment statistics from the QNHS are not av...

78. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the number of young persons aged 15 to 29 years of age classified as NEETs; the percentage of NEETs as a proportion of the unemployed here; and the corresponding EU average rate. (Question 49987/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of unemployment (International Labour Organisation - ILO) in the State. The latest annual (average) unemployment data available for Ireland is for 2016. 
The table provided shows, for Ireland, the number of persons between 15-29 years of age classified as, not in employment, education, or training (NEET) and the total number of those classif...

740. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the extent to which the age profile of those on the live register has been recorded, categorised and listed for specific alleviation measures; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39889/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The official measure of unemployment is sourced from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS). Measures of unemployment from the QNHS are based on International Labour Office (ILO) definitions. To be ‘ILO unemployed’ a person must in the week before the survey be without work but available for work and have recently taken specific job-search steps. The Live Register, which captures those registering for unemp...

23. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Taoiseach the rate of unemployment for those not at work due to an illness or a disability; and the way this compares with the European and OECD averages. (Question 34635/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.
The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of unemployment (ILO) in the State. 
Respondents to the QNHS are asked whether they have at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty and the most recent figures available are for Q1 2017.
Table 1 shows the number of persons aged 15 years and over classified by their ILO ec...

74. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the unemployment blackspots nationwide according to the latest unemployment data in the Census 2016 Summary Results - Part 2, by county, in tabular form. (Question 32012/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The Census of Population 2016 Summary Results – Part 2 published on 15 June, 2017 recorded 79 unemployment blackspots. In this report an unemployment blackspot was defined as an Electoral Division whose labour force exceeded 200 persons and where the unemployment rate (on a Principal Economic Status basis) exceeded 27 per cent. There were 79 such EDs in 2016 with an average unemployment rate of 31.2 per cent compared wi...

764. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons that are long term employed; the way in which this compares to the EU average; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32907/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Based on EUROSTAT Labour Force Survey data, the number of Irish long-term unemployed was 80,000 in Q4 2016, as compared with 9,278,000 in the EU overall. The situation in Ireland has improved substantially both in absolute terms and relative to the EU average in the last few years. The number of long-term unemployed here peaked at 204,000 in Q1 2012 at a time when the EU number was 10,778,000. The EU figure subsequently peaked at 12,768...

765. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the rate of long-term youth unemployment here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32908/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Government policy to reduce unemployment is twofold. First, through policies set out in the Action Plan for Jobs, to create an environment in which business can succeed and create jobs; and second, through Pathways to Work to ensure that as many of these new jobs and other vacancies that arise in our economy are filled by people taken from the Live Register, including young people. 
To date, these policies have been effective in reducing y...

124. Deputy John Brassil asked the Taoiseach the reason for the discrepancy in unemployment figures in view of the fact that the census gave an unemployment rate of 12.7% yet unemployment figures represent 8%. (Question 29452/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of employment and unemployment statistics for the State. In Q2 2016, the unemployment rate as measured by the QNHS was 8.6%. 
The Census of Population 2016 Summary Results - Part 2, published on 15 June 2017 (based on Census night 24th April 2016) provided an alternative measure of unemployment levels and indicated an unemployment rate of 12.7%.
The main difference in the unemployment rate between the two sourc...

58. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the latest unemployment data in the CSO’s Census 2016 Summary Results - Part 2 and the fact that there are 79 unemployment blackspots nationwide with Limerick city and county with 18 such blackspots; and if the action plan for jobs will be reviewed to take these findings into account. (Question 29399/17 asked on 22 Jun 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Government’s goal is to create 200,000 jobs by 2020 – including 135,000 jobs outside Dublin. This is an ongoing process, and employment continues to grow strongly. In the year since Census 2016 was completed, almost 70,000 more people are at work. More than three out of every four new jobs created in this period were outside Dublin.  
According to the CSO’ Quarterly National Household Survey, in Q2 2016 w...

124. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the number of long-term unemployed over one year duration based on latest data; if he will provide in percentage terms the number of long-term unemployed over one year duration out of total persons unemployed; and the corresponding EU average rate. (Question 26425/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of unemployment (International Labour Organisation - ILO) in the State. The latest unemployment data available for Ireland are for Q1 2017. 
The latest corresponding EU 28 data available are for Q4 2016. 
The table below shows, for Ireland, the total number of unemployed persons (one year and over) together with the total number of unemployed persons for Q4 2016 and Q1 2017. 
The table also includes...

125. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the number of long-term unemployed, over one year duration, persons aged 15 to 24 years of age based on latest data; if he will provide in percentage terms the number of long term unemployed over one year duration out of total persons unemployed in this cohort; and the corresponding EU average rate. (Question 26426/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of unemployment (International Labour Organisation - ILO) in the State. The latest unemployment data available for Ireland are for Q1 2017. 
The latest corresponding EU 28 data available are for Q4 2016. 
The table below shows the total number of unemployed (ILO) persons (one year and over) aged 15-24 years for Ireland together with the total number who are unemployed for this age group in Q4 2016 a...

126. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the number of young persons in the State aged 15 to 29 years of age classified as not in employment, education or training, NEETs; the percentage of NEETs as a proportion of the total unemployed here; and the corresponding EU average rate. (Question 26432/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of unemployment (International Labour Organisation - ILO) in the State. The latest annual (average) unemployment data available for Ireland is for 2016. 
The table below shows, for Ireland, the number of persons between 15-29 years of age classified as, not in employment, education, or training (NEET) and the total number of those classified as NEET being unemployed (ILO) for the years 2015 and 2016...

127. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the number of long-term unemployed over two years duration based on latest data; if he will provide in percentage terms, the number of long term unemployed over two years duration out of total persons unemployed; and the corresponding EU average rate. (Question 26427/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of unemployment (International Labour Organisation - ILO) in the State. The latest unemployment data available for Ireland are for Q1 2017. 
The latest corresponding EU 28 data available are for Q4 2016. 
The table below shows the total number of long term unemployed over two years duration together with the total number of persons who were unemployed in Q4 2016 and Q1 2017 for Ireland. 
The table a...

128. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the number and proportion of jobless households in the State on a percentage basis; and the corresponding EU number and average rate. (Question 26428/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.
The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of data for the jobless household indicator. The latest QNHS annual data available for Ireland is for the year 2016. 
The table below shows the proportion of persons aged 18-59 years in jobless households in 2015 and 2016 (averages) for Ireland and the corresponding EU 28 data for 2015 and 2016.
Proportion of persons aged 18-59 years in jobless hou...

129. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach the number of jobless households by county, in tabular form. (Question 26857/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of data for the jobless household indicator. 
The indicator “People aged 18 - 59 years living in jobless households” is calculated as the share of persons aged 18 - 59 who are living in households where no one is in employment. Students aged 18 - 24 who live in households composed solely of students (persons who have indicated that their Principal Economic Status is Student) of the same age class are not include...