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Covid supports stabilised labour market but inequality persists - study

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Employment and social welfare supports during the Covid pandemic helped to stabilise the labour market but inequalities persist, according to a new study from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

The research explored the equality impact of the pandemic on the labour market, comparing the situation pre and post-pandemic.

Findings show that employment rates rose for almost all groups analysed post-pandemic, while unemployment and labour market inactivity generally fell.

The report describes the labour market recovery as 'extraordinary' and said it highlights the protective and stabilising role of significant public investment in the form of Government supports for businesses, employers and individuals.

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