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Monthly Unemployment January 2024

The Monthly Unemployment rate for January 2024 was 4.5%

Online ISSN: 2009-8456
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Key Findings

In January 2024, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was:

  • Up to 4.6% for males from the revised rate of 4.3% in December 2023, and up from 4.3% in January 2023.

  • Down to 4.4% for females in January 2024 from the revised rate of 4.8% in December 2023, and up from a rate of 4.1% in January 2023.

  • Up to 12.1% in January 2024 for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate), from a revised rate of 11.5% in December 2023.

  • Down to 3.3% for persons aged 25-74 years, from the revised rate of 3.4% in December 2023.

Statistician's Comment

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (31 January 2024) issued Monthly Unemployment Estimates results for January 2024.

Commenting on today’s release, Conor Delves, Statistician in the Labour Market Analysis Section, said: “The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2024 (for all persons aged 15-74 years) was unchanged at 4.5%, from the rate recorded in December 2023 and up from 4.2% in January 2023. In January 2024, the unemployment rate for males was 4.6%, and for females it was 4.4%.

The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed was 127,700 in January 2024, compared with 127,500 in December 2023. There was an increase of 12,600 in the seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed in January 2024 when compared with a year earlier.

The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed rose to 68,500 in January 2024, compared with 64,000 in December 2023. The seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed decreased by 4,300 people over the month to January 2024 from 63,500 to 59,200.”

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.

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.

Please Note: Labour Force Survey (LFS) Census revisions, which account for the differences between quarterly population estimates used to calibrate the LFS estimates and revised population estimates following Census 2022 results, will be published in the Q4 2024 results on Thursday 22 February. The Monthly Unemployment Series has been revised to include all LFS quarterly benchmarks from Q3 2016 to Q4 2023 in line with LFS Census revisions. See background notes for methodology of LFS benchmarks.

The Monthly Unemployment Estimates published today for January 2024 have incorporated the LFS benchmarks up to Q4 2023 for the monthly estimates up to December 2023. The estimate for January 2024 has been forecasted. Forecasted figures are subject to revision.

Headline Table and Graph

Seasonally Adjusted Monthly Unemployment
 Number of persons unemployed Unemployment rate (%)
January 2023115,100 4.2
December 2023127,500 4.5
January 2024127,700 4.5
 Number Percentage points
Change in month2000.0
Change in year12,600 0.3
Figure 1: Seasonally Adjusted Monthly Unemployment Rate (ILO), January 2021 to January 2024


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

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