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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

309. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of jobless households; the way in which this compares to the European average; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25888/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): 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 (17.6% of the total) were j...

281. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the rate of youth unemployment here; how this figure compares with the European average; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2566/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The rate of youth unemployment was 14.5% in December 2016. This compares with the most recent available EU figure (from Eurostat) of 18.8% as at November 2016.
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 has thus fallen from well ...

124. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of young persons not in education, training or employment; the current percentage of youth unemployment; the way this number compares to the EU average; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40223/16 asked on 14 Dec 2016 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): It is estimated by the Department of Social Protection based on micro-data from the CSO Quarterly National Household Survey that in the four quarters to Q2 2016 the average number of young persons not in employment, education or training (NEETs) was approximately 72,000 or 13.8% of the population aged 15-24. It should be noted that the way in which the EU-defined NEET concept is measured means that, in Ireland, it includes a significant numb...

807. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the youth unemployment rate here; the way in which this figure compares to the European average; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26108/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): In July 2016, the EU28 average harmonised unemployment rate for the age group 15 to 24 was 18.8% while Ireland’s youth unemployment rate was 17.7%. Ireland’s youth unemployment rate has been below the EU28 average every month since December 2015. Ireland’s youth unemployment fell in August 2016 to 17.1%; the EU28 average for August 2016 is not yet available from Eurostat.
The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is to cr...

98. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach the rates of unemployment in Limerick city and county in each of the years 2009 to 2012, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3408/16 asked on 02 Feb 2016 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): 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. The most recent figures available are for Q3 2015. Estimates of unemployment are produced by NUTS 3 Regions. The NUTS 3 Mid-West region includes Limerick City and County, County Clare and North Tipperary. Due to methodology and sample siz...

34. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views on the high rate of youth unemployment, which currently stands at 19.2 per cent; the impact of the measures she has introduced to address this issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1193/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): OECD data indicate that the rate of youth unemployment in a country is typically about twice that of the overall level of unemployment. This international ‘norm’ held true for Ireland before the recession, during the recession and again during the recovery period since 2012. Youth unemployment rate rose relatively rapidly in the recession, from 9% on average in 2007 to over 30% in 2012. It has now fallen substantially in line wit...

44. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of young persons classified as not in education, training or employment; the percentage of youth unemployment; the way this number compares with the European Union area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45667/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 44 and 57 together. 
Trends in the data on young persons not in education, training or employment indicate that there was a significant worsening in labour market conditions for young people between 2007 and 2010, and that there has subsequently been a substantial improvement that began in 2012. The post-2012 period has seen improvement both in absolute terms and relative to the EU average. Early...

42. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will provide the latest statistics for the long-term unemployed here; if she is satisfied with the current impact of labour activation matters in her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4914/15 asked on 05 Feb 2015 - Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The latest data on the long-term unemployed are from the CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) for Q3 2014. The number of long-term unemployed at that time was 139,000, down by over 60,000, or almost one third, from the level seen in 2012. The long term unemployment rate has fallen from a peak of 9.5% in 2012 to 6.4% in late 2014.
The Pathways to Work Strategy sets out a comprehensive reform of the State’s approach to...

63. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the current number of young persons not in education, training or employment; the current percentage of youth unemployment; the way this number compares to the EU area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49368/14 asked on 18 Dec 2014 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Kevin Humphreys): Based on micro data from the Quarterly National Household survey, the Department of Social protection estimates that the number of young people aged less than 25 years not in employment, education or training in the second quarter of 2014 was 76,500. This represented 14.6% of the estimated population in this age group. There has been a significant fall in this percentage since the second quarter of 2011, when it...

62. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach the current number of young persons not in education, employment or training here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30813/14 asked on 15 Jul 2014 - Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 62 and 107 together.
The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of employment and unemployment in the State and the data also provides information on persons Neither in Employment nor in Education and Training (NEET).
The table shows the estimated number of persons aged 16-24 who are classified as being Neither in Employment nor in Education and Training (NEET) together with the change over the period Q1 2011...

131. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach the current number and percentage of young persons under 26 years who are not in education, employment or training here; and if she will provide an update on the matter. (Question 23842/14 asked on 10 Jun 2014 - Youth Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of employment and unemployment in the State and the data also provides information on persons Neither in Employment nor in Education and Training (NEET).
The Q1 2014 estimates are the most recent QNHS figures available.
The table shows the number of persons aged 16-25 who are classified as being Neither in Employment nor in Education and Training (NEET) together with the proportion of persons aged 1...

139. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach if he will provide a regional break down, as per the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics, of the number of persons aged 16 to 25 years who are not currently engaged in employment, education or training; the percentage of the population between 16 and 25 years that this represents; if he will provide in tabular form the primary status education, unemployed, training, employed, none of the above of those under 25 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17886/14 asked on 15 Apr 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of employment in the State and the data also provides information on persons neither in employment nor in education and training (NEET). The Q4 2013 estimates are the most recent QNHS figures available.
Table 1 below shows the volume of persons aged 16-25 who are classified as being neither in employment nor in education ...

521. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of under 25s who have been out of work for four months or more; the number of under 25s who are classified as underemployed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13534/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the number of under 25s that have been out of work for four months or more is not collated by my Department. I am however informed that at the end of February 39,101 persons under the age of 25 years old were on the live register for three months or more.
The total number of persons under the age of 25 years old on the live register at the end of February 2014 was 60,232. A tabular statemen...

105. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection to outline the progress made through the Pathways to Work strategy; the current long-term unemployment statistics; the current rate of youth unemployment here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3956/14 asked on 28 Jan 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: We are trying to ascertain the progress that has been made on the Pathways to Work scheme, which is central to the Government’s labour activation policy.
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