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 ...

31. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of the implementation of the Youth Guarantee. (Question 7086/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Youth Guarantee)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Government’s primary strategy to reduce youth unemployment is through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. Economic recovery will underpin jobs growth and the availability of productive employment for young people. This strategy has been succeeding; by the third quarter of 2016 the number of people in employment was up by 200,000 from the lowest level reached in...

286. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Social Protection the measures he is taking to specifically address the still overly high rate of youth unemployment here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32887/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is to create the environment for a strong economic recovery through effective policies. In doing so it is hoped to promote competitiveness and productivity.
Reflecting the impact of government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market the rate of youth unemployment continues to fall with a rate of 15.1% (30,500) in October 2016 (as estimated by CSO), compared to 1...

335. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will provide a list of all programmes run nationwide by the State under the youth guarantee scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11950/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Youth Guarantee)

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 people. 
To date, these policies have been effective in reducing yo...

92. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the way he plans to address the issue of youth unemployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35933/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is to create the environment for a strong economic recovery through effective policies. In doing so it is hoped to promote competitiveness and productivity.
Reflecting the impact of government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market, youth unemployment continues to fall with a rate of 15.1% (30,500) in October 2016 (as estimated by CSO), compared to 15.9% (32,400...

171. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection his views on youth unemployment and long-term unemployment; if his Department will continue to address this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29186/16 asked on 06 Oct 2016 - Unemployment Levels)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle long-term unemployment and youth unemployment is to create the environment for a strong economic recovery through effective policies. In doing so it is hoped to promote competitiveness and productivity.
Reflecting the impact of government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market, both long term unemployment and youth unemployment continue to fall.
The long-term unemployment rate pea...

296. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Social Protection if his attention has been drawn to the fact that in the progress report of the Limerick regeneration framework published in December 2016 that, of 32 electoral divisions in Limerick city, 11 have a youth unemployment rate of 60% or more; his plans to address this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7321/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Youth Unemployment)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The youth unemployment statistics quoted for the Limerick electoral divisions relate to 2011, and are drawn from the Census carried out in that year. 
Strictly comparable data will be available only when the full small-area results of Census 2016 are published. However, an indication of trends in youth unemployment in Limerick since 2011 is available from the Live Register. The number of young people signing on in Limerick City, and include...

737. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the position with regard to youth and the long-term unemployed; the progress made in addressing these issues; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39886/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Unemployment Levels)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle unemployment – including long-term unemployment and youth unemployment – is twofold. The Action Plan for Jobs supports continuing strong economic recovery and employment growth. Policies and actions to ensure that unemployed people benefit from the increase in employment are set out in the strategy paper Pathways to Work 2016-2020. 
To date, these policies have been effect...

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...

333. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Social Protection the criteria in place to assess whether job offers under the youth guarantee scheme are quality offers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11948/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Youth Guarantee)

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 people. 
To date, these policies have been effective in reducing you...

91. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Social Protection the steps he is taking to provide jobs for unemployed young persons, which totalled 12.9% in April 2017, almost double the youth unemployment rate in Germany. (Question 23031/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - Job Creation)

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 re...

237. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views on the latest European Union labour force survey, which shows Ireland’s youth unemployment level at 20%, which is twice what it was in 2008, and that at 15%, Ireland’s share of youth who were not in employment, education or in training last year, was one of the highest in the European Union; the action she will take to address this issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38059/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The youth unemployment rate rose relatively rapidly in the recession that began in 2008, from 9% on average in 2007 to a peak of 31.2% in June 2012. Since then, the seasonally adjusted youth unemployment rate has fallen steadily to 20.6% as of September 2015, reflecting the impact of government policy and the overall improvement in the labour market.
The share of youth not in employment, education or in training is driven largely...

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...

334. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of private sector employers that have engaged with the youth guarantee scheme to date; the number that have offered full time employment to participants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11949/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Youth Guarantee)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 332 and 334 together.
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 da...

332. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will provide a breakdown of participants in the youth guarantee nationally in the past three years; the number of participants that were offered full time employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11947/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Youth Guarantee)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 332 and 334 together.
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 da...

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...

35. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection how she is addressing the issue of long-term and youth unemployment; the degree to which European Union supports in this regard have been invoked; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1199/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Employment Support Services)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Government’s primary strategy to reduce long-term unemployment and youth unemployment is through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. Economic recovery will underpin jobs growth and the availability of productive employment for young people. This strategy has been succeeding; by Q3 2015 the level of employment is up by 140,000 from the lowest level r...

501. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Social Protection his plans regarding the youth guarantee; if there are plans for targeted initiatives; if he will be drawing down further funding for the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13150/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Youth Guarantee)

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 people.
This strategy has been succeeding; by the fourth quarter of ...

288. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the implementation of the youth guarantee in 2016 and 2017; the number of beneficiaries in all schemes or programmes in each year in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13452/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Youth Guarantee)

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 the Pathways to Work Strategy 2016-2020, 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, t...

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...

218. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the extent to which efforts are being made to address long term youth unemployment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2374/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle unemployment – including long-term unemployment and youth unemployment – is twofold. The Action Plan for Jobs supports continuing strong economic recovery and employment growth. Policies and actions to ensure that unemployed people benefit from the increase in employment are set out in the strategy paper Pathways to Work 2016-2020. 
To date, these policies have been effect...

571. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the extent to which the various youth unemployment alleviation measures continue to result in successful full-time job placements; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8805/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

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 as possible of these new jobs and other vacancies that arise in our economy are filled by people taken from the Live Register, including young people. 
Under the Government’...

226. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which the various youth unemployment alleviation measures have resulted in successful full-time job placements throughout the country and especially in counties Sligo and Leitrim; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14970/17 asked on 28 Mar 2017 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

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, including young people. 
Reflecting the impact of government policy, an...

167. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the action that she is taking to address the extremely high level of youth unemployment, which in summer 2015, the Central Statistics Office reported was at a level of 20.02%, which is the current percentage of youth unemployment for over one year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30812/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery, by promoting competitiveness and productivity. Economic recovery will underpin jobs growth and the availability of productive employment for young people. This strategy has been succeeding, with an increase of over 80,000 in employment over the last two years. 
Youth unemployment continues...

16. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Social Protection his plans to tackle youth unemployment in 2016 given that this group is experiencing approximately 15% unemployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16125/16 asked on 30 Jun 2016 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity.
Reflecting the impact of government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market, youth unemployment has fallen substantially to 15% in May 2016. This compares with a figure of almost 21% just one year ago, in May 2015, and with a peak level of o...

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...

135. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the strategy to address the 30.02% youth unemployment as per statistics reported in summer 2015 by the Central Statistics Office; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30816/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. Economic recovery will underpin jobs growth and the availability of productive employment for young people. This strategy has been succeeding, with an increase of over 80,000 in employment over the last two years. 
Youth unemployment continues ...

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...

317. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which the various youth unemployment alleviation measures have resulted in successful full-time job placements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8788/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Reflecting the impact of government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market, youth unemployment continues to fall with a rate of 13.5% (27,500 persons) in January 2017 estimated by the CSO, as compared to 18.1% (33,800) persons in January 2016 and a peak of over 31% (70,600 persons) in 2012.
While systemised data is not readily available on employment outcomes on all programmes specifically for those jobseekers under 25, some...

76. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to introduce employment activation measures targeted at young persons that are long-term unemployed or that face barriers to employment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8404/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Employment and Youth Activation Charter)

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 ...

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...

293. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when youth unemployment was last discussed at an EU Council meeting. (Question 7358/17 asked on 22 Mar 2017 - Youth Unemployment)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): On 8 December 2016, the EPSCO Council discussed youth unemployment under the format of EU policies on the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative.
At EU level, discussions on youth unemployment fall under the remit of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, also known as EPSCO.  While youth unemployment activation policies fall primarily under the responsibility of the Minister f...

160. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Social Protection his targets to reduce long-term youth unemployment in terms of specific numbers and percentages in each of the years to 2020; the measures that will be taken to achieve this EU trend; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5204/17 asked on 02 Feb 2017 - Youth Unemployment)

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 people. 
To date, these policies have been effective in reducing you...

281. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Social Protection the steps he will take to address the issue of youth unemployment which now stands at 15%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16034/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity.
Reflecting the impact of government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market, youth unemployment continues to fall with a rate of 15.0% (27,900) in May 2016 (as estimated by CSO), compared to 20.8% (39,100) in April 2015 and a peak of over 31....

47. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection to put incentives in place to reduce youth and long-term unemployment; if schemes require upgrading; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11839/16 asked on 25 May 2016 - Job Initiatives)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle both youth and long-term unemployment is through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. Reflecting the impact of government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market, youth unemployment continues to fall with a rate of 18.0% in April 2016 (as estimated by CSO), compared to 21.0% in April 2015 and a peak of over ...

86. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the extent to which her Department continues to provide youth unemployment alleviation measures; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7719/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. Reflecting the impact of government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market, youth unemployment continues to fall with a rate of 19.0% in March 2016 (as estimated by CSO, compared to 21.5% in March 2015 and with a peak of over 31...

8. 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 on long-term and youth unemployment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9296/16 asked on 05 May 2016 - Labour Activation Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Kevin Humphreys): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle both youth and long-term unemployment is through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. 
Reflecting the impact of Government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market, youth unemployment continues to fall with a rate of 19% in March 2016 (as estimated by CSO, compared to 21.5% in Mar...

130. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which the various schemes available to his Department are making positive and beneficial impact on the numbers of young persons who are unemployed, and his future expectations in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18885/16 asked on 30 Jun 2016 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is to create the right environment for a strong economic recovery through effective policies. In doing so it is hoped to promote competitiveness and productivity.
Reflecting the impact of government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market, youth unemployment has fallen substantially to 15% in May 2016. This compares with a figure of almost 21% just one year ago,...

235. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which his Department continues to provide youth unemployment alleviation measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23072/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Youth Employment Initiative)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is to create the right environment for a strong economic recovery through effective policies. In doing so it is hoped to promote competitiveness and productivity. 
Reflecting the impact of government policy, and the overall improvement in the labour market, youth unemployment has fallen substantially to just over 15% in June 2016. This compares with a figure of almost 21% just o...

155. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the arrangements she has put in place to address the issue of long-term unemployment; the extent to which she expects such measures to impact on the live register in the current year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19402/13 asked on 24 Apr 2013 - Unemployment Levels)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The unemployment rate is currently 14.0% and while it has begun to fall after several years of increases, the rate remains unacceptably high. It is of additional concern that long-term unemployment (defined as being unemployed for a year or more) accounted for 60% (176,500) of total unemployment in Q4 2012, and for almost half of all unemployment among young people.
In the first instance, the Government’s primary strategy to tackle long-term u...

69. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the extent to which her Department continues to provide youth unemployment alleviation measures; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25386/15 asked on 24 Jun 2015 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Kevin Humphreys): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. However, the Government recognises that as the recovery takes hold, there is a need for additional measures to ensure that as many as possible of the jobs created are taken up by unemployed jobseekers and, in accordance with the ...

210. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Social Protection to outline the engagement with the young persons concerned in taking available training places across the further education and training sector in view of figures supplied in respect of unemployed young persons between 18 and 24 years of age in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32687/16 asked on 02 Nov 2016 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Government’s primary strategy to tackle youth unemployment is to create the right environment for a strong economic recovery through effective policies. In doing so it is hoped to promote competitiveness and productivity.
The success of this approach has been reflected in strong growth in the economy since 2012, accompanied by rising employment and falling unemployment.
In the particular instance of young people in Dublin, the number of ...

23. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her views that the indicators used by her Department to show labour market participation are of limited relevance for Ireland’s youth and their opportunities to move on to paid employment, education or training; that the resources of her Department would be better used in actively ensuring those not in education, training or employment would have relevant transferable employability skills; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9360/15 asked on 05 Mar 2015 - Labour Activation Measures)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The official measures of employment, unemployment and labour force participation are sourced from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS). These measures are collected in line with practice throughout the EU, and are internationally comparable and robust. Reflecting the improvement in the labour market, youth unemployment continues to fall. For example, the seasonally adjusted youth unemployment rate in Ireland as estima...

18. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will restore equality for young jobseekers by increasing payments. (Question 1214/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Jobseeker’s Allowance Eligibility)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Reduced rates for young jobseeker’s allowance (JA) recipients were first introduced in 2009. These measures were further extended in 2014. Reduced JA rates for jobseeker’s who are under 26 years of age is a targeted measure aimed at protecting young people from welfare dependency. It aims to incentivise young jobseeker’s allowance recipients to avail of education and training opportunities. If a jobseeker in receipt of the reduce...

70. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the extent to which the various youth unemployment alleviation measures have resulted in successful full-time job placements; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25387/15 asked on 24 Jun 2015 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Kevin Humphreys): Under the Government’s policies to support the young unemployed, our first intervention is to provide case officer support to help newly unemployed young people find and secure sustainable jobs. Accordingly operating processes are being refined in each of our regions to prioritise the early engagement of young people through Intreo to ensure that all young people receive expert advice and have access to progressi...

107. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Social Protection the measures her Department is taking to tackle youth unemployment and youth under-employment so that young citizens, particularly graduates, are facilitated in finding employment in their own fields of expertise. (Question 49815/13 asked on 20 Nov 2013 - Youth Employment Initiative)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): In the first instance, the Government’s primary strategy to tackle all forms of unemployment, including youth unemployment, is to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity through the Action Plan for Jobs. Economic recovery will underpin jobs growth and thus reduce unemployment and long-term unemployment. Past experience suggests that youth unemployment, which tends to rise relatively ...

60. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection in view of the increase in youth unemployment from 19.9% to 20.2% to set out the impact of the new measures introduced by her Department to address the urgent need to accommodate the young people of Ireland in the workforce; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33524/15 asked on 30 Sep 2014 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Kevin Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 60 and 74 together.
Notwithstanding some variation in unemployment from month to month, over the past three years youth unemployment has been significantly reduced. From a peak of 31.2% in June 2012, the seasonally adjusted youth unemployment rate has fallen to 20.7% as of August, reflecting the impact of government policy and the overall improvement in the labour market.
The Gover...

402. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which the various youth unemployment alleviation measures have resulted in successful full-time job placements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18342/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

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, including young people. 
Reflecting the impact of government policy, a...

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...

74. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection to set out the extent to which youth unemployment is being specifically targeted and alleviated, unilaterally and with the help of the European Union institutions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33636/15 asked on 30 Sep 2014 - Youth Unemployment Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Kevin Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 60 and 74 together.
Notwithstanding some variation in unemployment from month to month, over the past three years youth unemployment has been significantly reduced. From a peak of 31.2% in June 2012, the seasonally adjusted youth unemployment rate has fallen to 20.7% as of August, reflecting the impact of government policy and the overall improvement in the labour market.
The Gover...