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At 10:00 am, today, Wednesday 8 December 2021, a Joint Select Committee of Parliament will meet to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on unemployment in this country, and the State’s capacity to provide support to persons who became unemployed as a result of the pandemic.

This is the second hearing on this issue by the JSC on Social Services and Public Administration (JSCSSPA).

Among the key objectives of the inquiry are:

●   To examine the trends in unemployment and job losses in the private and public sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

●   To assess the unemployment relief strategies and programmes of the State during the COVID-19 pandemic.

●   To examine the proposed strategies of the State to stimulate job creation and employment opportunities to counteract the adverse economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

●   To examine the changes in the operations of the private sector to sustain business during the COVID-19 pandemic.