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Youth unemployment rate drops by 2,000 in Limerick

Deputy Quinlivan has said that the rate of youth unemployment is ‘far too high'

Deputy Quinlivan has said that the rate of youth unemployment is ‘far too high'

LIMERICK city TD Maurice Quinlivan has said that youth unemployment is “far too high” and is calling for more investment to be pumped into apprenticeships.

This comes after the release of new figures, showing a major decrease of more than 2,000 in youth unemployment in Limerick.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection recorded a total of 1,229 youths currently in unemployment. In 2012, there were 3,289 youths in unemployment. 

Minister Regina O’Doherty said that, nationally, there has been a 62% drop in youth unemployment over the past five years.

She stated that she is “confident” that the Government’s Action for Jobs policy “will support further reductions in youth unemployment and add to the substantial improvements that have already been seen over the last few years”.

Though Deputy Quinlivan welcomes the “substantially” reduced figures, he said they are far too high.

“Many of these young people found themselves unemployed through no fault of their own. Some having graduated secondary school, found they were unable to afford to go onto third level, considering Ireland has the second most expensive third level fees across Europe, and accommodation for college has become unaffordable for most. Others who had the opportunity to take up tertiary education, graduated only to find no job opportunities due to the economic circumstances.”

“The government must do more to provide these young people with the support they need to get into the workforce,” he stated. 

Deputy Quinlivan said that Sinn Fein believes investing into apprenticeships will address the youth unemployment problem. 

“We have set out a five year plan on apprenticeships that aims to substantially increase the number of apprenticeship places and greatly broaden the type of apprenticeship programmes available, to include new areas not previously available such as green technology, hospitality and retail.”

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