Back to Top

Central Statistics Office

Search currently unavailable

 Skip navigation

CSO statistical release, 03 May 2018, 11am

Live Register

April 2018

 Live Register TotalSeasonally Adjusted
April 2017263,417266,900
March 2018232,366232,700
April 2018223,602229,600
   
Change in month-- 3,100
Change in year- 39,815-

Seasonally adjusted Live Register total decreases by 3,100 in April

Figure 1 Live Register Seasonally Adjusted
go to full release

On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 3,100 (-1.3%) in April 2018, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 229,600. The number of persons on the Live Register in April 2018 is also the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since July 2008. See table 2(a).

In unadjusted terms there were 223,602 persons signing on the Live Register in April 2018. This represents an annual decrease of 39,815 (-15.1%). See table 1(a).

Other features include:

  • On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 2,100 (-1.6%) males in April 2018, while females decreased by 1,000 (-1.0%) over the same period. See table 2(a).
  • The number of male claimants decreased by 24,304 (-15.9%) to 128,349 in the year to April 2018, while female claimants decreased by 15,511 (-14.0%) to 95,253. This compares with a decrease of 28,733 (-15.8%) to 152,653 for males, while female claimants decreased by 13,390 (-10.8%) to 110,764 in the year to April 2017. See table 1(a).

The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment.  It includes part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA).  Unemployment is measured by the Labour Force Survey.

The Monthly Unemployment Rate (seasonally adjusted) is published in the Monthly Unemployment release.