Budget must include measures to support long-term unemployed

4 Sep 2013

Today the Central Statistics Office released the Live Register figures for August which show that the overall register continues to float downwards. The seasonally adjusted Live Register figure now stands at 415,300 giving a standardised unemployment rate of 13.4%.

The number of people who have been unemployed for over a year stands at over 196,000.

The Live Register figures need to be analysed in the context of the recently released population and migration data from the CSO which shows that in the year to April total emigration from the country is estimated to have reached 89,000. "The reality is that the vast majority of people who emigrate do so for economic reasons" said John Stewart, INOU Co-ordinator.

The forthcoming budget must include additional measures to support unemployed people, and particularly long-term unemployed people, to get back to work. It's difficult to get a job if you're unemployed but it's infinitely more difficult to get a job if you're long-term unemployed. In its Pre-Budget Submission, the INOU has called on the Government to, amongst other things, actively promote the Jobs Plus initiative; introduce a flexible Back to Work Allowance; provide an inclusive and accessible employment service with a dynamic job matching facility and to pursue a more ambitious and innovative investment and job creation programme" John concluded.