Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (539)

Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

539. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons referred to JobPath since its commencement and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46218/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The primary purpose of JobPath is to provide a case management based employment advice and counselling service to long-term unemployed jobseekers. The service was launched in 2015 on a ‘rolling basis’ with referral numbers gradually increasing over time.

Between July 2015 and October 2019, some 244,219 jobseekers had commenced their engagement period with the JobPath service - see table 1.  Of this number, 52% were unemployed for over three years.  This group, in particular, faces significant barriers when seeking to enter or return to paid employment.

I trust that this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Table 1: Jobseekers referred to JobPath by year

Year 

 Jobseekers

2015

 6,591

2016

 65,461

2017

 74,871

2018

 60,833

2019 to date

 36,463

Total

 244,219