South East has lowest level of educational qualifications in country
The South East region is languishing behind the rest of the country when it comes to people with third-level qualifications.
A new report published by the Central Statistics Office(CSO) this week reveals a direct connection between high unemployment rates and the proportion of the population in that area with third-level qualifications.
The Educational Attainment Thematic Report survey shows early school leavers are up to three times more likely to be unemployed than those who have educational certificates.
The recently published CSO figures reveal unemployment rates in the South East region currently stand at 7.2%, the highest of any region in the country.
The Educational Attainment Thematic Report report, published yesterday, revealed just 37% of people living in the region have third-level qualifications.
This is in contrast to Dublin, where unemployment is as low as 4.2%, yet 57% of the people living in the region have third-level qualifications.
The South East ranks lower than the North West and Borders in both unemployment rates and third-level qualifications.
Only the Midlands are on a par with the South East for people with third-level qualifications, and still, their unemployment rates are marginally lower.
Nationally, the latest CSO’s figures reveal that 25% of early school leavers are unemployed compared to 8% of people with either secondary or third level qualifications in the 18-24 age group.
Shockingly, the report found that early school leavers were less likely to engage in the labour market at all.
The report also pointed out that the areas with the lowest unemployment levels were also the areas with the highest level of education attainment.
Nearly half of all adults aged between 25-64 years old now possess a third level qualification (47%) in Q2 2019, while just 5% have no formal education.