179. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the extent of youth unemployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26249/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): 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 unemployed people. 
To date, these policies have been effective in r...

180. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the extent of long-term unemployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26250/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): 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. 
Reflecting the impact of government pol...

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...

317. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of craft workers relevant to the construction industry now in receipt of social welfare payments (details supplied). (Question 26024/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I am informed that at the end of April there were 35,143 people on the live register who had indicated that their occupation immediately prior to registration for a jobseeker’s payment was in the craft and related occupation sector, relevant to the construction industry.
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94. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the detail for each NUTS 2 region that is within 1% of the national unemployment rate and not within 1% of the national unemployment rate, in tabular form. (Question 22842/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): 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 Q4 2016.
The following table shows the unemployment rates for NUTS2 and NUTS3 regions and the difference in percentage points from the national unemployment rate.
Table 1: Unemployment Rates (ILO) (%) (Perso...

243. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Social Protection the action he is taking to specifically assist the 79,700 long-term unemployed in the fourth quarter of 2016, representing over 54% of the total unemployed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14461/17 asked on 28 Mar 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): 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 as possible of these new jobs and other vacancies that arise in our economy are filled by people taken from the Live Register. 
To date, these policies have been effective in reducing unemployment an...

76. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the total number of young persons here aged between 15 to 29 years of age who are classified as NEETs, that is, not in employment, education, or training; the percentage of NEETs as a proportion of the total number of unemployed; and the corresponding EU average rate, in tabular form. (Question 11557/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): 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 following table shows, for Ireland, the number of persons between 15-29 years of age classified as NEET and the total number of those classified NEET being unemployed (ILO) for the ...

80. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the proportion of jobless households on a percentage basis; and the corresponding EU average rate. (Question 11031/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.
Data on the proportion of persons aged 18-59 years in jobless households are estimated in the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS). The latest QNHS data available for Ireland is the 2016 annual average. 
The latest corresponding EU 28 data available are for the year 2015. 
The following table shows the proportion of persons aged 18-59 years in jobles...

82. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the total number of long-term unemployed, based on latest data at hand, over a one year duration; the percentage of unemployed persons this represents; and the corresponding EU average rate. (Question 11026/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): 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 Q4 2016. 
The latest corresponding EU 28 data available are for Q3 2016. 
The following table shows, for Ireland, the total number of unemployed persons (one year and over) together with the total number of u...

83. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the total number of long-term unemployed over one year duration based on latest data at hand with regard to persons aged 15 to 24 years of age; the percentage of total unemployed persons this category represents; and the corresponding EU average rate. (Question 11027/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): 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 Q4 2016. 
The latest corresponding EU 28 data available are for Q3 2016. 
The following table shows the total number of unemployed persons (one year and over) aged 15-24 years for Ireland together with the t...

84. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the total number of very long-term unemployed over two years duration based on latest data at hand; the total in percentage terms out of total persons unemployed this category represents; and the corresponding EU average rate. (Question 11028/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): 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 Q4 2016. 
The latest corresponding EU 28 data available are for Q3 2016. 
The following table shows the total number of very long term unemployed persons (over two years duration) together with the total numb...

369. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the unemployment figures for Waterford city and county, with a comparison with the figures nationally; and the steps she will take to further create jobs in Waterford. (Question 10938/17 asked on 02 Mar 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The latest CSO’s figures show that there were 7,823 on the Live Register in Waterford County and 9,271 people in Waterford City on the Live Register in January 2017. These figures represent decreases of 1,084 and 1,310 respectively over the previous 12 months.
The source of data in relation to unemployment rates is the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) undertaken by the CSO. This information is available at ...

370. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the unemployment figures for the south east, with a comparison with the figures nationally; and the steps she will take to create further jobs in the south east. (Question 10939/17 asked on 02 Mar 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The most recent Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) undertaken by the CSO shows that the unemployment rate in the South East has fallen from a peak of 20.1% in 2012 to 9.4% in Q4 2016. This compares to the national average of 6.7%.
The South East Action Plan for Jobs is the key policy response for supporting employment growth in the South East region, with public and private stakeholders actively engaged in del...

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...

63. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach his estimate of the number of persons currently without a job but not included in the live register figures. (Question 24661/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.
The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of unemployment in the State and the seasonally adjusted number of persons (aged 15-74) unemployed as of the second quarter of 2016 was 182,900. While the QNHS provides quarterly benchmark estimates of unemployment, the CSO also publishes monthly unemployment estimates. The ...

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...

124. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the unemployment rate in the south east region broken down by city and county, and by age, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20510/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): 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 Q1 2016. 
Estimates of unemployment are produced by NUTS 3 Regions. The NUTS 3 South-East region includes counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford City and County and Wexford. Due ...

502. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of unemployed persons who exited the live register to a long-term labour activation programme including community employment, Tús - the work placement initiative, back to work, back to education, JobBridge or a programme run by Solas; the programme to which they exited; and the percentages of those participants withdrawing who were short-term unemployed and who were long-term unemployed by programme and by quarter for 2014 and for 2015. (Question 9815/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): In the first instance, the Government’s primary strategy to tackle unemployment is to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. Economic recovery will underpin jobs growth. However, the Government also recognises the need for additional measures to address unemployment in the interim while the economy recovers. This is the rationale behind the Government’s Pathways to Work Strategy...

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...

57. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of young persons categorised 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 45934/15 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...

72. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach the number of persons categorised as not in employment, education or training who are resident in the areas covered by the Clondalkin and Tallaght social protection offices. (Question 45340/15 asked on 15 Dec 2015 - 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 employment and unemployment in the State and the data also provides information on persons Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). Due to methodology and sample size it is not possible to produce reliable estimates below NUTS3 region from the QNHS. The NUTS 3 Dubli...

88. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Taoiseach the long-term unemployment rate in County Tipperary from 2011 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44037/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 88 to 91, inclusive, together.
The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. 
The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of employment and unemployment in the State. The most recent figures available are for Q3 2015. 
Due to methodology and sample size it is not possible to produce reliable Tipperary County estimates from the QNHS. 
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