Businesses advised to ‘target unemployed young people’ amid severe labour shortages

New figures show while the unemployment rate is still at near-record lows, youth unemployment is relatively high

The unemployment rate remained at 4.4 per cent in January. Picture:

Employers have been urged to look at recruiting more young people as the unemployment rate remains low.

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show the unemployment rate stood at 4.4 per cent in January, unchanged compared to December. This was also down from a level of 4.9 per cent twelve months ago.

The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed fell by 800 in January, and fell by 10,300 in the past 12 months.

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