Slight Improvement In Unemployment Rate For May

David Layde
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Ireland’s unemployment rate at the end of May was 26.1 per cent. CSO figures show that it was a slight improvement on the figure for April.

More than half of people aged 15 to 24 are unemployed. The standard rate for unemployment in May was 5.6 per cent.

However when account is taken of those in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment that figure rises to 26.1 per cent.

That represents a slight improvement on the April figure of 28.2 per cent. The rate of unemployment is broadly the same for men and women.

However, when it comes to the impact of the crisis on age groups, the CSO says just over half, or 51 per cent of those aged 15 to 24 are unemployed.

The unemployment rate for those aged 25 to 74 is 22.5%