Government plans to move jobless rate below 6% by 2020

Government plans to move jobless rate below 6% by 2020

New government plans will aim to reduce the unemployment rate to below 6% by 2020.

Minister Leo Varadkar met with the Labour Market Council earlier, to discuss plans that include bringing the youth unemployment rate below 12% over the next four years.

The Minister also wants to replace JobBridge and develop a pathway to work scheme for households where there is no one working.

Minister Leo Varadkar said long-term unemployment had to be addressed.

"Those who have had jobs recently of course get the new jobs first," he said.

"We're (talking about) the last 5%-7% - people who may have difficulty accessing the workplace (because) they may lack qualifications, skills and experience."

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