Proportion that are long-term unemployed continues to increase
Posted on September 18, 2012
While in the rest of Europe the share of unemployed who have been searching for work for over a year is stabilising, in Ireland it continues to increase.
As total unemployment rates have increased across Europe the proportion of total unemployed who are long-term unemployed has increased especially since the first Quarter of 2009. We highlight this data in the latest edition of the NERI's Quarterly Economic Facts, indicator 4.6a (p69-70). The rate in the Republic of Ireland overtook the EU 15 average in the last quarter of 2009. Currently, long-term unemployed account for almost 65% of all unemployed in the Republic compared to just under 30% in 2007.
This is particularly worrying as the overall numbers out of work continues to increase.