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CSO statistical release, 01 May 2018, 11am

Monthly Unemployment

April 2018

 Seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployedSeasonally adjusted unemployment rate (%)
April 2017157,0006.8
March 2018143,5006.0
April 2018140,3005.9
  Percentage Points
Change in month- 3,200- 0.1
Change in year- 16,700- 0.9

Monthly unemployment rate of 5.9% April 2018

Figure 1 Monthly unemployment rate seasonally adjusted
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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2018 was 5.9%, down 0.1% from the revised rate of 6.0% in March 2018 and down from 6.8% in April 2017. The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 140,300 in April 2018, down from 143,500 when compared to the March 2018 figure and a decrease of 16,700 when compared to April 2017.

Summary points for April

  • In April 2018 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2% for males, down from 6.4% in March 2018 and down from 7.3% in April 2017.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females in April 2018 was 5.5%, down from 5.6% in March 2018 and down from 6.1% in April 2017.
  • The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in April 2018 was 80,300, down from 82,700 in March 2018. In April 2018 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 60,000, a decrease of 800 when compared to March 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) was 12.0% in April 2018, a decrease from 12.5% in March 2018.