Wednesday, 22 May 1996
Dáil Éireann Debate
96. Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Social Welfare the age profile of the total number of unemployed persons; the progress, if any, that has been made to reduce the numbers in the 25 to 34 year old age group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10475/96]
|Under 20 years||11,231||8,103||19,334|
|20 to 24 years||31,397||21,753||53,150|
|25 to 34 years||48,353||30,606||78,959|
|35 to 44 years||40,490||21,564||62,054|
|45 to 54 years||31,407||12,743||44,150|
|55 to 59 years||8,595||3,742||12,337|
|60 to 64 years||3,968||1,582||5,550|
 In the period from April 1993 to October 1995, the number of persons on the live register in the 25 to 34 age group fell from 87,550 to 78,959, a 10 per cent reduction. While my Department does not have schemes or programmes directed exclusively at the 25 to 34 year age group, it has taken a proactive and work supportive approach in assisting unemployed people, particularly the long-term unemployed, to reenter the active labour market.
In this year's budget, a number of measures designed to facilitate the transition from unemployment to employment were announced. These included: improvements in the family income supplement; a revision of the manner in which earnings from employment will be assessed for unemployment assistance purposes; a substantial increase in the number of places on the back to work allowance scheme from 10,000 to 15,000; the retention of child dependant allowances for the first 13 weeks of employment by the long-term, unemployed; an increase of £30 in the PRSI-free allowance for full rate PRSI contributors from £50 to £80 per week; and significant reductions in the rates of employer's PRSI.
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