There were nearly 2,500 young people currently in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) in Co Mayo the week of July 5th.
People under the age of 25 represent 23 per cent of the total number of PUP recipients in the county, or 2,491 out of a total 10,761 people receiving the payment in Mayo. This breakdown is largely in line with the State average, which shows 22 per cent of Irish recipients are under 25.
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is now calling on the Government to bring forward a package of measure to support young jobseekers. In its submission to Government, NYCI is calling for a €191 million package of measures to support young people in accessing education, training, apprenticeships and also to incentivise employers to take on young workers.
NYCI Deputy Director, James Doorley, said: “With 965 young people under 25 in county Roscommon in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) and at a time when we have 45.4% youth unemployment** and over 140,000 young people out of work, it is vital that the July Jobs Initiative focuses heavily on the needs of young jobseekers.”
The number of young people on the PUP since the peak in early May has declined by over 32,000.
“This is very welcome, and we hope it continues to decline further. However, the reality is that even if half the current number on the payment exit, that would still leave 45,000 young people out of work,” Mr Doorley added.
County breakdown of numbers on Pandemic Unemployment Payment 5th July 2020
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