EU report reveals long-term and youth unemployment problem in Ireland

Ireland continues to have the second worst long-term unemployment figures in the European Union.

New figures from EuroStat show that the rate of long-term unemployment in Ireland in 2012 was 61.7%.

That is compared to the EU average of 44.6%, and only Slovakia with a figure of 67.3% is worse.

Alicia O' Rourke of the EU said youth unemployment in Ireland continues to be an ongoing problem.

She said: "The unemployment rates in the EU 27 average at 44.6%, that's for the year 2012. In Ireland the figure is 61.7%.

"Then we look at the people involved in this unemployment, we see that across the EU 27, the average of 15 to 24 year olds is 22.9%, whereas in Ireland it is 30.4%."

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