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Monthly Unemployment April 2024

The Monthly Unemployment rate for April 2024 was 4.4%, up 0.3 percentage points from the previous month

Online ISSN: 2009-8456
CSO statistical publication, , 11am

Key Findings

  • In April 2024, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.4%, up from a revised rate of 4.1% in March 2024. On an annual basis, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.4% in April 2024 from 4.1% in April 2023

  • Breaking down the results, the Monthly Unemployment rate in April 2024 was  4.1% for males, up from the revised rate of 3.9% in March 2024 and down from 4.3% in April 2023.

  • The Monthly Unemployment rate in April 2024 rose to 4.7% for females from the revised rate of 4.3% in March 2024, and up from a revised rate of 3.9% in April 2023.

  • In terms of age, the Monthly Unemployment rate for people aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) increased to 10.6%, from a revised rate of 9.2% in March 2024.

  • The Monthly Unemployment rate for people aged 25-74 years increased from a revised rate of 3.4% in March 2024 to 3.5% in April 2024.

Statistician's Comment

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (01 May 2024) issued Monthly Unemployment Estimates results for April 2024.

Commenting on today’s release, Conor Delves, Statistician in the Labour Market Analysis Section, said: “The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2024 (for all people aged 15-74 years) was up to 4.4%, from the rate of 4.1% recorded in March 2024 and up from 4.1% in April 2023. In April 2024, the unemployment rate for males was 4.1%, and 4.7% for females.

The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed was 124,200 in April 2024, compared with 115,400 in March 2024. There was an increase of 9,900 in the seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed in April 2024 when compared with a year earlier.

The seasonally adjusted number of unemployed males rose to 60,400 in April 2024, compared with 57,800 in March 2024. The seasonally adjusted number of unemployed females increased by 6,200 over the month to April 2024 from 57,600 to 63,800.”

Editor's Note

The methodology for the Monthly Unemployment Estimates involves forecasting the number of persons who are unemployed using the trend in the recipient Live Register series. The Department of Social Protection is providing Working Age Income supports to people arriving in Ireland from Ukraine under the Temporary Protection Directive. The Live Register series includes recipients of these supports who have met the relevant criteria. This has impacted on the numbers of unemployed, primarily females, in these monthly estimates.

The dates in the text box below relating to benchmarking periods were corrected post-publication on 2 May 2024. 'Q4 2023' was corrected to 'Q1 2024' and 'December 2023' was corrected to 'March 2024'.

Data in this release are subject to revision based on updates to the seasonally adjusted series whenever new monthly data are added. In addition, it should be noted that larger revisions can occur when the most recent Labour Force Survey (LFS) data are included in the calculation process.

The Monthly Unemployment Estimates published today for April 2024 have incorporated the LFS benchmarks up to Q1 2024 for the monthly estimates up to March 2024. The estimates for April 2024 have been forecasted. Forecasted figures are subject to revision.

Headline Table and Graph

Seasonally Adjusted Monthly Unemployment
 Number of persons unemployed Unemployment rate (%)
April 2023114,300 4.1
March 2024115,400 4.1
April 2024124,200 4.4
 Number Percentage points
Change in month8,8000.3
Change in year9,900 0.3
Figure 1: Seasonally Adjusted Monthly Unemployment Rate (ILO), April 2021 to April 2024

Tables

Table 1a Seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment by sex - all persons aged 15-74 years

Table 1b Seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment by sex - persons aged 15-24 years

Table 1c Seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment by sex - persons aged 25-74 years