Tackling youth unemployment

Helping young people find long-term work should be a key priority for the government, writes Gareth Naughton.

23rd June, 2012
Michael McLoughlin: 'If your first labour market experience is being on the dole, then it sets you up in a bad way for the long term'. Photo: Tony O'Shea

The economic crisis and the havoc it has wreaked on the labour market started almost four years ago. During that time one of the few things that boomed was unemployment, which remains stubbornly high at 14.3 per cent - with 436,700 on the Live Register in May.

Four years is a long time - almost enough to finish a secondary school cycle and certainly sufficient to complete a primary degree.

The young people leaving our schools and...

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