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Over 2,000 young jobseekers in Donegal 06.09.16

A YOUTH organisation has called for Donegal's unemployment problem to be urgently tackled as figures show more than 2,000 young people in the county are out of work.
Latest Department of Social Protection data shows that the number of young people in Donegal in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit now stands at 2,137.
This number is "still far too high", says the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) which will be making a pre-budget submission to the Government on the issue.
The NYCI represents youth organisations working with more than 380,000 young people nationwide.
Its deputy director James Doorley said: “While youth unemployment has declined from the crisis levels of the 2009 to 2013 period, the most recent figures indicate that we have almost 40,000 young people on the Live Register - of whom 16,000 have been on the register for one year or more.
"In Donegal alone there are 2,137 young people in receipt of jobseekers' payments. We need action now to support these young people on the path to employment.”
The organisation said new EU data on Ireland shows that one-in-five young people are "not in education, employment or training".
Among the recommendations in the NYCI's pre-budget submission are a €30m investment in the Youth Guarantee scheme focusing on any young person unemployed for four months or more. The NYCI is also calling on the Government to incentivise education, training and work experience by reversing cuts in payments to young people on these schemes. The cuts, made during the recession, included a drop to €160 a week for VTOS, Youthreach, SOLAS and Back to Education Allowance recipients. Meanwhile, JobBridge interns who were on €100 per week prior to participation, receive €152.50 per week while working between 35 and 40 hours weekly.
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