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Youth Unemployment

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 10 July 2012

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Questions (234)

Gerald Nash

Question:

242 Deputy Gerald Nash asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide an analysis in tabular form of youth unemployment between those born in Ireland and those born outside the State in view that 10% of those aged between 18 and 25 were not born in the State; if she will outline any plans to tackle the specific employment problems many of those young persons face; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33275/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The official measure of unemployment comes from the Quarterly National Household Survey. While the survey provides some data on the nationality of the unemployed at the aggregate level, these are considered by the Central Statistics Office to be "broadly indicative", and the data are not available below the aggregate level.

Administrative data show that there were 79,098 persons aged less than 25 years on the Live Register at the end of June 2012. The data do not distinguish place of birth; however, data on nationality are available and these are given in the table:

Persons aged under 25 years on the Live Register, June 2012

Ireland

UK

EU 13

EU AC 12

Non-EU

Total

Total Non Irish

Jobseekers Allowance

65,614

1,439

136

2,371

1,303

70,863

5,249

Jobseekers Benefit

7,217

67

19

526

36

7,865

648

Jobseekers Benefit Credits Only

324

5

8

32

1

370

46

Total Live Register

73,155

1,511

163

2,929

1,340

79,098

5,943

The data show that 7.5% of all young people on the Live Register are not Irish nationals.

Currently, once they have been on the Live Register for three months, unemployed people — including young people and those originally from abroad — are referred to the employment service of my Department for a one-to-one interview and more intensive assistance through a caseload approach. That approach provides for the identification of specific barriers to re-employment faced by each individual so that these can be addressed.

Profiling of the newly unemployed is now being introduced by the Department to identify those least likely to re-enter the workforce unaided. This will allow those facing specific barriers to re-employment to be referred for interview and more intensive assistance earlier in their unemployment spell than has been possible up to now.

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