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Monthly Unemployment March 2024

The Monthly Unemployment rate for March 2024 was 4.3%

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

Key Findings

In March 2024, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was:

  • Up to 4.0% for males, from 3.9% in February 2024 and down from 4.3% in March 2023.

  • Unchanged at 4.6% for females from the revised rate in February 2024, and up from a revised rate of 3.8% in March 2023.

  • Unchanged at 10.5% for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) from February 2024.

  • Unchanged at 3.3% for persons aged 25-74 years, from the revised rate in February 2024.

Statistician's Comment

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (04 April 2024) issued Monthly Unemployment Estimates results for March 2024.

Commenting on today’s release, Conor Delves, Statistician in the Labour Market Analysis Section, said: “The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2024 (for all people aged 15-74 years) was 4.3%, up from the rate of 4.2% recorded in February 2024 and from 4.1% in March 2023. In March 2024, the unemployment rate for males was 4.0% and 4.6% for females.

The seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed was 122,100 in March 2024, compared with 120,200 in February 2024. There was an increase of 9,400 in the seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed in March 2024 when compared with a year earlier.

The seasonally adjusted number of unemployed males rose to 59,100 in March 2024, compared with 58,500 in February 2024. The seasonally adjusted number of unemployed females increased by 1,300 over the month to March 2024 from 61,700 to 63,000.”

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.

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

Headline Table and Graph

Seasonally Adjusted Monthly Unemployment
 Number of persons unemployed Unemployment rate (%)
March 2023112,700 4.1
February 2024120,200 4.2
March 2024122,100 4.3
 Number Percentage points
Change in month1,9000.1
Change in year9,400 0.2
Figure 1: Seasonally Adjusted Monthly Unemployment Rate (ILO), March 2021 to March 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