Services must deliver for unemployed people

15 Sep 2011

Publication cover - JOBSToday the Quarterly National Household Survey for Quarter 2 2011 was released by the Central Statistics Office. There was an annual increase in unemployment of 10,900 people: bringing the figure up to 304,500 people and the overall unemployment rate to 14.3%. The increase in long-term unemployment was greater: this figure now stands at 164,200 people, an increase of 37,200 people over the year. The long-term unemployment rate is 7.7%: it is extraordinary to think that only two years ago this figure stood at 2.6%. Addressing this growing long-term unemployment problem must be a top priority for the Government.
Since the last QNHS figures were released in June the Government has published the Project Plan for the implementation of the new National Employment and Entitlement Service (NEES) and announced the establishment of the new Further Education and Training Authority, SOLAS.
"It is absolutely critical that the Government gets the design and delivery of these two new structures right," said Bríd O'Brien, Head of Policy and Media with the INOU. "It is imperative that NEES and SOLAS are underpinned by a culture of enablement and really strive to provide the very best service to unemployed people," Bríd concluded.