Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (549)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

549. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons in each county participating in each of the employment and activation programmes in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52024/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Data on the number of participants in activation programmes is reported on a monthly basis by the Central Statistics Office.  The following table provides the number of participants on activation programmes at the county level in October 2018.

COUNTY

Back to work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA)

Short Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA)

Community Employment (CE) Participants

Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

Tús*

Carlow

105

1

428

188

134

Cavan

172

6

311

87

120

Clare

226

8

451

173

149

Cork

503

20

1893

349

593

Donegal

350

13

1087

454

367

Dublin

1546

105

4617

1589

1306

Galway

304

20

1291

473

416

Kerry

238

13

970

377

228

Kildare

216

21

807

229

199

Kilkenny

189

5

466

161

98

Laois

143

5

274

158

116

Leitrim

130

4

191

60

77

Limerick

191

15

1131

449

273

Longford

153

1

308

75

103

Louth

275

12

794

355

207

Mayo

224

14

709

239

299

Meath

243

16

490

86

238

Monaghan

87

2

379

71

88

Offaly

167

13

358

198

154

Roscommon

142

4

256

52

72

Sligo

109

1

430

181

147

Tipperary

292

8

805

309

361

Waterford

290

5

703

381

286

Westmeath

198

6

594

167

102

Wexford

261

10

949

233

313

Wicklow

250

9

551

222

259

TOTAL

7004

337

21,243

7839

6705

Northern Ireland/Ireland

-

-

-

-

-

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COUNTY

Gateway*

Part-time Job Incentive

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)

SOLAS Training Programmes

Total

Carlow

0

3

-

100

859

Cavan

0

14

-

128

710

Clare

0

10

-

145

1017

Cork

0

17

-

760

3375

Donegal

0

5

-

278

2276

Dublin

0

57

-

1076

9920

Galway

0

13

-

196

2517

Kerry

0

8

-

242

1834

Kildare

0

9

-

324

1481

Kilkenny

0

4

-

85

923

Laois

1

5

-

84

702

Leitrim

0

8

-

79

470

Limerick

0

7

-

236

2066

Longford

0

10

-

57

650

Louth

0

23

-

246

1666

Mayo

0

4

-

90

1489

Meath

0

6

-

144

1079

Monaghan

0

7

-

79

634

Offaly

0

4

-

79

894

Roscommon

0

2

-

130

528

Sligo

0

11

-

95

879

Tipperary

1

30

-

243

1806

Waterford

0

12

-

310

1677

Westmeath

0

8

-

201

1075

Wexford

0

6

-

212

1772

Wicklow

0

0

-

110

1291

TOTAL

2

283

-

5729

49,142

Northern Ireland/Ireland

-

-

-

111

111***

5,000**

-

54,257

*Tús and Gateway figures are based on participant’s home address; other figures are by office location. Gateway is now closed to new applications.

**County figures for VTOS are not currently available

***A number of participants in SOLAS training schemes have home addresses in Northern Ireland or are recorded under a generic “Ireland”

Activation programmes form part of the Government’s overall policy to reduce unemployment.  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.

These policies have shown positive results, with unemployment falling from over 15% in 2012 to 5.3% in November 2018.  Demand for places on a number of activation programmes has thus fallen in line with the overall reduction in unemployment. 

I am confident that policy to reduce unemployment, together with continuing economic recovery, will build on significant improvements in the labour market seen in recent years.