2,137 young jobseekers in Donegal - Youth Council calls for moves to reduce figure

2,137 young jobseekers in Donegal - Youth Council calls for moves to reduce figure

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has called for measures to reduce youth unemployment in County Donegal and nationwide.

Data from the Department of Social Protection shows that the number of young people in Donegal in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit is 2,137.

“This number is still far too high and investment to tackle the continued high level of youth unemployment are needed,” according to James Doorley, deputy director at the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide.

As part of its pre-budget submission published recently, the NYCI is calling for an investment of €30m in a renewed Youth Guarantee scheme and asking Government to incentivise education, training and work experience for young people by reversing the cuts in payments to young people on these schemes. Mr Doorley said: “While youth unemployment has declined from the crisis levels of the 2009 to 2013 period, the most recent figures indicate that we have almost 40,000** young people on the live register - of whom 16,000*** have been on the register for one year or more. In Donegal alone there are 2137 young people in receipt of Jobseekers payments. We need action now to support these young people on the path to employment.”

The NYCI Pre-Budget Submission ‘Youth Rising’ can be found here:http://www.youth.ie/sites/youth.ie/files/NYCI-Pre-Budget-2017-Submission.pdf

‘Live Register’ CSO statistical release, 1st September 2016