INOU Roadshow - Calling next to Arklow
Thanks to Ballyspillane Family Resource Centre for hosting the Roadshow event Thursday morning. Pictured right the Ballyspillane staff and some of those in attendance. Next stop the Start Your Own Business, Training and Employment EXPO, Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow from 11 - 6 pm on 26th November.
These events are aimed at unemployed people, service users and providers and are a great opportunity to:
Discuss Back to Work, Education and Training Options
Talk about Budget 2015 changes that may affect you
Find out about our FREE and confidential services
Pick up a copy of our FREE book Working For Work
We are also stopping off at Tullamore and Edenderry Libraries on Thursday 27th November. For more information contact Joe McDonagh, INOU Development Worker on 01 8560088 or click here to send an email
Looking Behind the Figures
The overall downward trend continues, influenced by a variety of factors. Some people are finding work, some people are re-entering education and training, many people have emigrated and others are no longer on the register as they did not make the transition from Jobseekers Benefit, the social insurance based payment, to Jobseekers Allowance, the means tested payment.
Even allowing for this, the percentage of people in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance is growing in comparison to Jobseekers Benefit. This is particularly striking for people aged under 25 years of age. In October 2008 JA applications accounted for 65% of young people on the register, in October 2014 this figure stands at 94.3%. And though over that period the numbers of young people on the register has decreased by 5.6%, the numbers of young people in receipt of JA has increased by 36%. It is important to remember that for a young person to qualify for a JA payment his or her families circumstances are also taken into account if he or she is living at home. So not only are many young people surviving with few means so are many of their families.
The numbers of people on the Register for more than a year has also fallen to 170,892 people, the last time this figure was at this level was April 2011 when there were 169,420 people on the register for more than a year. At that stage people on the register for more than a year represented 38.5% of the register, now they represent 47.7% of the register. Clearly a lot more needs to be done to support people who are long-term unemployed to find paid employment.
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