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...

42. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the extent to which unemployment alleviation measures continue to make a positive impact in respect of long-term and youth unemployment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47330/14 asked on 10 Dec 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 45 together.
The Government’s primary strategy to reduce long-term and youth unemployment has been through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. Economic recovery will underpin jobs growth. This strategy is working. Employment has risen by about 85,000 since the recovery began in 2012. The unemployment rate, according...

45. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the extent to which the age profile of those on the live register continues to be monitored with a view to making any adjustments necessary to assist those most in need; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47333/14 asked on 10 Dec 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 45 together.
The Government’s primary strategy to reduce long-term and youth unemployment has been through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. Economic recovery will underpin jobs growth. This strategy is working. Employment has risen by about 85,000 since the recovery began in 2012. The unemployment rate, according...

116. Deputy Derek Keating asked the Taoiseach the percentage of the labour force in Dublin mid-west that is officially unemployed in 2014 compared with each of the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46932/14 asked on 09 Dec 2014 - 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 in the State. Estimates of unemployment are produced by NUTS3 Region. Due to methodology and sample size it is not possible to produce reliable estimates from the QNHS for Dublin mid-west. The latest figures available from the QNHS are for Quarter 3 of 2014. ...

103. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will provide the up to date statistics for youth unemployment; the progress in addressing this issue; the position regarding the availability of sufficient finances for the youth guarantee scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41706/14 asked on 04 Nov 2014 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Continuing progress is being made in addressing both the rate and duration of youth unemployment. CSO data shows that the youth unemployment rate in the second quarter of 2014 had fallen from 33% in mid-2012 to 27% or 25% when seasonally-adjusted. The number of young people unemployed has fallen by 23,400 from 76,000 to 52,600 over the same period. 
There has also been an improvement in the duration of youth unemployment. Two year...

38. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the extent to which economic and or unemployment black spots have been identified throughout the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39640/14 asked on 16 Oct 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The geographical distribution of the Department of Social Protection resources is matched to the variation in demand including unemployment black spots around the country. Our labour market activation strategy, Pathways to Work, targets resources at helping the long-term unemployed and those at risk of becoming long-term unemployed. Targeting those most at risk of long-term unemployment, by definition, focuses resources on the w...

1. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Taoiseach the numbers on the live register and the percentage of the workforce unemployed for each quarter since the beginning of 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38351/14 asked on 14 Oct 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Live Register series gives a monthly breakdown of the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and other registrants as registered with the Department of Social Protection. Table 1 shows the number of persons on the Live Register over the period January 2010 to September 2014.It should be noted that the Live Register is not a definitive measure of unemployment as it includes part-time worke...

53. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the number and percentage of young persons not in education, employment and training by nomenclature of territorial units for statistics region here. (Question 35515/14 asked on 23 Sep 2014 - Youth 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 and unemployment in the State and the data also provides information on persons Neither in Employment nor in Education and Training (NEET). 
The Q2 2014 estimates are the most recent QNHS figures available.
The table below shows the volume of persons aged 16-24 who are classified as being Neither in Employme...

363. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the increase or reduction that took place in the number of persons in receipt of unemployment payments or on activation schemes between March 2011 and June 2012, broken down between those above and below 25 years of age; the reason for these trends; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32514/14 asked on 17 Jul 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The reason for trends in recipient and participant numbers on schemes is not routinely collated by my Department. Seasonal variations are large in the schemes highlighted by the Deputy, and thus June 2011 numbers are included to highlight such variations. The Central Statistics Office publishes a monthly breakdown of the number of persons who are on activation schemes, but does not report an age breakdown for these schemes. I h...

376. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of persons formerly employed in construction trade categories, particularly electrical or mechanical, who are in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit or jobseeker’s allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32677/14 asked on 17 Jul 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The number of persons in receipt of either jobseeker’s benefit or jobseeker’s allowance at the end of June 2014 was 47,707 and 295,594 respectively; of these totals, 3,330 jobseeker’s benefit recipients and 59,410 jobseeker’s allowance recipients had occupations in construction-related trade categories. When other trades are added which may include some people who had worked in the construction industry the number of recipients o...

136. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the breakdown of the percentage of young persons under 25 in the low, medium and high PEX, probability of exit, category since the introduction of the Intreo registration process arising from pathways to work in 2012; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31980/14 asked on 16 Jul 2014 - Youth Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The following table shows a breakdown of the percentage of young persons under 25 in each PEX category since the commencement of profiling up to the end of June 2014.
 PEX Categories Low Medium High Total Percentage of clients Under 25 19% 71% 10% 100% 
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137. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the criteria used by her officials to determine the PEX, probability of exit, category for jobseekers; if the criteria is solely based on the details in the JCP-B form used by her Department; or if additional criteria such as interviews with jobseekers is used to determine the PEX score; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31981/14 asked on 16 Jul 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): My Department uses a customer profiling model, developed in conjunction with the ESRI, to estimate, at the time a jobseeker claim is made, a person’s likelihood of exiting the Live Register to employment within 12 months. This profiling model uses a range of characteristics and weightings applied to them. The characteristics include age, gender, marital status, education level, unemployment history, literacy and numeracy, percept...

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...

107. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Taoiseach the number of young persons aged between 16 and 24 years who are currently not in education, employment or training; the way the number has changed since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31060/14 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...

359. Deputy Seamus Kirk asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her plans to tackle the high unemployment statistics in County Louth; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31469/14 asked on 15 Jul 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): In the first instance, the Government’s primary strategy to tackle unemployment in County Louth, as with the rest of the country, 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 t...

320. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Social Protection if her Department has an area specific breakdown of unemployment figures in Galway city in order to ascertain which areas are suffering most from job losses; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25399/14 asked on 17 Jun 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information relating to a claimant’s address is not currently coded to the geographical location of the address. As such it is not possible to accurately report persons on the live register living in a particular area at present. Location information in respect of people on the live register is however recorded on the basis of the local office/intreo centre which is used to serve their needs. In this regard, the number of people “signing on...

125. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach if he will provide a breakdown of the numbers of long-term unemployed by gender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24747/14 asked on 10 Jun 2014 - Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of unemployment in the State.
The table shows the number of persons aged 15 years and over classified by gender and duration of unemployment (ILO) and the long-term unemployment rate in each quarter from Quarter 1 2013 to Quarter 1 2014.
Long-term unemployment is defined as the number of persons unemployed for 1 year and over.
Persons aged 15 years and over classified by gender and duration of un...

126. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach the extent to which the numbers on the live register have fluctuated on an annual basis over the past six years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24749/14 asked on 10 Jun 2014 - Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: The Live Register series gives a monthly breakdown of the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and other registrants as registered with the Department of Social Protection. The table contains the annual average number of persons on the Live Register for each year from 2008 to 2013.
It should be noted that the Live Register is not a definitive measure of unemployment as it includes part-time workers, and seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobse...

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...

221. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Social Protection if she or her Department have statistics for nurses who are unemployed; if she will provide a breakdown on a regional basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20020/14 asked on 06 May 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The total number of persons on the live register at the end of April 2013 was 388,559; of this total, 9,396 had health related occupations. The number of nurses is not separately identified within this total and consequently, the number of nurses on the live register is not available in my Department. A tabular statement detailing the number of registrants in health related occupations on the live register by county follows for the Deputy’s i...

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...

268. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide, in tabular form, the numbers of persons on the live register, on any job activation scheme, or on a disability or invalidity payment, in January of 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12038/14 asked on 11 Mar 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the tabular statement.
 Scheme Jan 2012 Jan 2013 Jan 2014 Activation Back to work allowance scheme - employee strand 162 14 9 Back to work enterprise allowance scheme - self employed strand 10,772 10,812 10,160 Short-term enterprise allowance 1,201 1,002 488 DSP part-time job incentive 190 215 296 TUS - community work placement initiative 2,337 4,510 7,119 JobB...

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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158. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Taoiseach when accurate figures reflecting actual jobless figures can be expected, including those persons on training, back to work schemes and other jobs initiatives; the percentage of the labour force available for work; and the percentage that is working more than 15 hours a week. (Question 2655/14 asked on 21 Jan 2014 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): A. The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS), the official source of estimates of unemployment in the State, is available on a quarterly basis. The next results, Q4 2013, will be published towards the end of February 2014. The latest available results, Q3 2013, are already available on the CSO website.
Information regarding Activation Programmes, sourced directly from administrati...