Drop in long-term unemployed shows job activation measures are starting to work – Deering

31st May, 2013


Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has said that the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), which show the number of people who are long-term unemployed is falling, proves that the job activation measures being implemented by the Government are working.

“Today’s figures from the CSO reveals some encouraging trends. Unemployment dipped below 14% for the first time in three years and we are also making progress in tackling the long-term unemployment rate, which has remained stubbornly high. The long-term unemployment rate has fallen by almost 1% over the last year. While it remains far too high, it is encouraging that we are moving in the right direction.

“The Government has brought in a range of measures aimed at getting the long-term unemployed back to work including initiatives to address skills shortages, reskilling and upskilling. The JobsPlus initiative, which was included in this year’s Action Plan for Jobs, will see the Government cover 25% of the cost of employing a long-term unemployed person off the Live Register, €1 in every €4 will be paid for by the government.

“During Fianna Fáil’s last three years in Government, 250,000 people lost their jobs in the private sector. Now, about 2,000 jobs are being created every month. Last year, we recorded the first annual increase in unemployment in five years, and both the IDA and Enterprise Ireland had record years in 2012.

“Despite this positive trend, unemployment is still far too high and is the biggest single factor impeding our recovery, we need to work harder and continue to come up with new ways to get the long-term unemployed back to work. While Pathways to Work has made a positive contribution, we need to come up with new ideas for tackling the long-term unemployment problem. Tens of thousands of people across this country desperately want to get back to work, and the Government is committed to help them get there.”