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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 16 January 2018

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Questions (1674)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

1674. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons, by age and length of unemployment, who have participated in JobPath in each year since it commenced in 2013, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1925/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment service that supports people who are long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment.

The service was rolled out on a phased basis over the period mid-2015 to July 2016. The numbers referred initially were low but this has increased with almost 141,000 Jobseekers having commenced with the service by the end of December 2017.

For the purposes of the JobPath service all long-term unemployed jobseekers on the Live Register are categorised into groups based on their duration of unemployment (e.g. 1- 2 years, 2 – 3 years, 3 years plus etc.).

The duration of a person's Jobseeker's Allowance claim is recorded in terms of days of unemployment. Jobseeker Allowance claims are made up of continuous periods of unemployment. Any two such periods not separated by more than 52 weeks is considered to be the same continuous period of unemployment - this is known as linking the claims. Long-term jobseekers that may have left the live register to go into employment for less than a year are still considered to be long-term if they reopen their claim within that period: as a result, Jobseekers retain certain entitlements (for example, no waiting days and other supplemental benefits) and are available for selection for support through the departments activation services.

The table shows the age and length of unemployment of the circa 141,000 jobseekers who have engaged with the service as of the end of December 2017, of these in excess of 52% were over 3 years unemployed.

Client age at Referral

Year

Duration on LR

18-25

26-35

36-45

46-55

55+

Total

1-2 Years on LR

298

531

436

312

134

1711

2-3 Years on LR

130

365

336

294

129

1254

2015

> 3 Years on LR

200

1006

958

969

490

3623

2015 Total

628

1902

1730

1575

753

6588

Passing 12 Months on LR

466

562

445

306

124

1903

1-2 Years on LR

3112

4290

3515

2841

1201

14959

2-3 Years on LR

1529

2497

2160

1978

889

9053

> 3 Years on LR

2774

10395

10139

9734

5249

38291

2016

Working Part Time on LR (>1 year)

21

235

295

271

162

984

2016 Total

7902

17979

16554

15130

7625

65190

Passing 12 Months on LR

412

397

290

228

96

1423

1-2 Years on LR

4315

4434

3499

2576

961

15785

2-3 Years on LR

1683

1986

1613

1234

469

6985

> 3 Years on LR

3254

9711

8187

7554

3321

32027

2017

Working Part Time on LR (>1 year)

628

3467

3691

3475

1612

12873

2017 Total

10292

19995

17280

15067

6459

69093

Grand Total

18822

39876

35564

31772

14837

140871

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