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Live Register

July 2019

 Live Register TotalSeasonally Adjusted
July 2018234,445217,800
June 2019197,108190,400
July 2019206,396190,300
 
Change in month-- 100
Change in year- 28,049-

Seasonally adjusted Live Register total decreases by 100 in July

Live Register seasonally adjusted
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On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 100 (-0.1%) in July 2019, bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 190,300. The number of persons on the Live Register in July 2019 is the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since February 2008. See table 2(a) and Live Register Series.

In unadjusted terms there were 206,396 persons signing on the Live Register in July 2019. This represents an annual decrease of 28,049 (-12.0%) since July 2018. See table 1(a).

Other features include:

  • On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 300 (-0.3%) for males in July 2019, while females increased by 100 (+0.1%) over the same period. See table 2(a).
  • On an unadjusted basis, the number of male claimants decreased by 17,316 (-13.7%) to 108,936 in the year to July 2019, while female claimants decreased by 10,733 (-9.9%) to 97,460. This compares with an annual decrease in the year to July 2018 of 25,261 (-16.7%) to 126,252 for males, while female claimants decreased by 14,679 (-11.9%) to 108,193 in the same period.  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. 

0
DurationLess than one yearOne year or more
July 2017160457113928
August 2017152457111799
September 2017138980105339
October 2017134902101590
November 201713430498905
December 201713835097918
January 201813937998007
February 201813877096574
March 201813763394733
April 201813089392709
May 201812880594697
June 201813328794778
July 201814092393522
August 201813318991969
September 201811932486406
October 201811624982998
November 201811570480557
December 201812012779542
January 201912061779010
February 201911952177413
March 201911630076107
April 201911817874940
May 201911362976238
June 201911991677192
July 201912973876658

Live Register duration of continuous registration

The number of long term claimants on the Live Register in July 2019 was 76,658. The number of male long term claimants decreased by 10,554 (-19.1%) in the year to July 2019, while females decreased by 6,310 (-16.5%), giving an overall annual decrease of 16,864 (-18.0%) in the number of long term claimants. See table 6 and figure 2.

In July 2019, 62.9% (129,738) of all claimants on the Live Register were short term claimants.  The comparable figure for July 2018 was 60.1% (140,923). The annual fall of 11,185 (-7.9%) in the number of short term claimants consisted of a decrease of 6,762 (-9.5%) in the number of male short term claimants and a decrease of 4,423 (-6.3%) in female short term claimants. See table 6.

Live Register casual and part-time workers

There were 37,586 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in July 2019, which represents 18.2% of the total Live Register.  This compares with 19.3% one year earlier when there were 45,145 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register.  In the year to July 2019 the number of casual and part-time workers decreased by 7,559 (-16.7%), with the number of males decreasing by 4,375 (-19.6%) and the number of females decreasing by 3,184 (-13.9%). See table 7.

Under 25 years25 years and over
July 201732237242148
July 201825998208457
July 201922490183906

Live Register age groups

In the year to July 2019 the number of persons aged 25 and over on the Live Register decreased by 24,551 (-11.8%), and the number of persons aged under 25 decreased by 3,498 (-13.5%).  Annual decreases in persons aged under 25 have occurred in all months since July 2010. The percentage of persons aged under 25 on the Live Register now stands at 10.9% for July 2019, down from 11.1% in July 2018 and 11.7% in July 2017. See tables 1(b) and 1(c) and figure 3.

Live Register new registrants

There were 24,210 new registrants on the Live Register in July 2019, consisting of 9,628 Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) applications, 13,514 Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) claims, and 1,068 “Other Registrants”. Males accounted for 38.5% (9,314) and females accounted for 61.5% (14,896) of all new registrants. JA applications represented 39.8% of all new registrations, while JB claims and “Other Registrants” represented 55.8% and 4.4% respectively.  See table 3.

Live Register last occupation held

Craft and related (15.3%) remained the largest occupational group1 on the Live Register in July 2019. The number in the group fell over the year by 5,527 to 31,653.  The Plant and Machine Operatives group had the largest annual percentage decrease (-15.8%).  The Sales group had the second largest annual percentage decrease (-15.6%) in July 2019. See table 5 and figure 4.

The two smallest occupational groups in July 2019 were the Associate Professional and Technical and the Managers and Administrators groups which accounted for 3.4% and 4.9% of the Live Register respectively. See table 5 and figure 4.

Broad Occupational GroupJuly 2017July 2018July 2019
1122331098610155
2189221655915765
3865976016988
4353063252230539
5458583718031653
6347512992625907
7287542364519952
8409313429228857
9318812749923999
10170901423512581
KEY  
1- Managers and administrators
2- Professional
3- Associate professional and technical
4- Clerical and secretarial
5- Craft and related
6- Personal and Protective service
7- Sales
8- Plant and machine operatives
9- Other occupation
10- No occupation

Live Register by other classifications

Other points which can be noted include:

  • An annual decrease of 25,250 (-15.5%) brought the total number of JA claimants to 137,407 in July 2019, while JB claimants increased to 45,185 (+1.0%) over the same period.  As a result, JA claimants account for 66.6% of all persons on the Live Register in July 2019 compared with 69.4% a year earlier. See table 1(a).
  • Annual decreases occurred in all the eight NUTS 3 regions with the largest percentage decrease occurring in the South-West region (-16.1%) followed by the Mid-West region (-13.4%). See table 4.
  • In July 2019, Irish nationals accounted for 82.9% (171,161) of the number of persons on the Live Register. Of the 35,235 non-Irish nationals, the largest constituent group on the Live Register was nationals from the EU15 to EU28 States (18,126), followed by the UK (7,820). See table 8.

1 While the ‘No Occupation’ group is excluded from the analysis its subtotals are included in the relevant calculations presented in the text.

 

Annex - Activation Programmes

Data up to the end of June 2019 on the number of persons availing of a range of programmes targeted primarily at the long-term unemployed (over 12 months) and other welfare recipients is provided in the Annex Table A1 – Number of persons availing of Activation Programmes table.

There were 40,447 persons availing of these programmes in June 2019, which is a decrease of 5,028 persons (-11.1%) from the previous year, when there were 45,475 persons in activation programmes. 

Persons on activation programmes are not counted as part of the monthly Live Register.

Table 1(a) Total persons on the Live Register
CategoryJuly 2018June 2019July 2019Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims17,50116,58817,590+1,002+89
    JA Applications100,23284,39584,082-313-16,150
    Other Registrants8,5197,2907,264-26-1,255
    Total126,252108,273108,936+663-17,316
 
Females
    JB Claims27,25520,99727,595+6,598+340
    JA Applications62,42551,88253,325+1,443-9,100
    Other Registrants18,51315,95616,540+584-1,973
    Total108,19388,83597,460+8,625-10,733
 
All Persons
    JB Claims44,75637,58545,185+7,600+429
    JA Applications162,657136,277137,407+1,130-25,250
    Other Registrants27,03223,24623,804+558-3,228
    Total234,445197,108206,396+9,288-28,049
Table 1(b) Persons under 25 years of age on the Live Register
CategoryJuly 2018June 2019July 2019Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims1,1601,2131,268+55+108
    JA Applications13,38811,02311,181+158-2,207
    Other Registrants715751-6-20
    Total14,61912,29312,500+207-2,119
 
Females
    JB Claims1,2901,1911,514+323+224
    JA Applications10,0038,0118,419+408-1,584
    Other Registrants765357+4-19
    Total11,3699,2559,990+735-1,379
 
All Persons
    JB Claims2,4502,4042,782+378+332
    JA Applications23,39119,03419,600+566-3,791
    Other Registrants147110108-2-39
    Total25,98821,54822,490+942-3,498
Table 1(c) Persons 25 years of age and over on the Live Register
CategoryJuly 2018June 2019July 2019Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims16,34115,37516,322+947-19
    JA Applications86,84473,37272,901-471-13,943
    Other Registrants8,4487,2337,213-20-1,235
    Total111,63395,98096,436+456-15,197
 
Females
    JB Claims25,96519,80626,081+6,275+116
    JA Applications52,42243,87144,906+1,035-7,516
    Other Registrants18,43715,90316,483+580-1,954
    Total96,82479,58087,470+7,890-9,354
 
All Persons
    JB Claims42,30635,18142,403+7,222+97
    JA Applications139,266117,243117,807+564-21,459
    Other Registrants26,88523,13623,696+560-3,189
    Total208,457175,560183,906+8,346-24,551
Table 2(a) Total persons on the Live Register - Unadjusted and Seasonally Adjusted
 Unadjusted SeriesSeasonally Adjusted Series¹
 MonthMalesFemalesAll Persons MalesFemalesAll Persons
2017July151,513122,872274,385147,100109,400256,500
 August148,265115,991264,256144,800106,800251,600
 September140,120104,199244,319142,800106,900249,800
 October135,968100,524236,492141,100105,800246,900
 November133,95999,250233,209139,000104,900243,900
 December135,329100,939236,268136,900103,700240,700
 
2018January136,735100,651237,386135,300102,700238,100
 February135,333100,011235,344133,600101,700235,300
 March132,58199,785232,366131,600100,700232,300
 April128,34995,253223,602129,30099,200228,500
 May127,69995,803223,502127,00097,900225,000
 June126,981101,084228,065124,40096,300220,600
 July126,252108,193234,445122,60095,100217,800
 August123,354101,804225,158120,50093,300213,800
 September115,89089,840205,730118,20092,700210,900
 October112,39786,850199,247116,60091,900208,600
 November110,83685,425196,261114,90090,700205,700
 December112,41487,255199,669113,70089,700203,400
 
2019January113,15486,473199,627111,80088,400200,200
 February111,31785,617196,934109,90087,200197,100
 March109,13083,277192,407108,70086,400195,100
 April107,76585,353193,118108,00086,900194,900
 May107,01882,849189,867106,60085,100191,600
 June108,27388,835197,108106,10084,300190,400
 July108,93697,460206,396 105,80084,400190,300
¹ Table contains revised figures
Table 2(b) Persons under 25 years of age on the Live Register - Unadjusted and Seasonally Adjusted
 Unadjusted Series Seasonally Adjusted Series¹
 MonthMalesFemalesAll Persons MalesFemalesAll Persons
2017July17,94914,28832,237 16,80012,40029,200
 August17,87013,81331,683 16,50012,00028,500
 September16,43612,03528,471 16,40011,90028,300
 October15,40411,02926,433 16,20011,70027,900
 November14,61510,33624,951 15,80011,40027,200
 December14,51110,16424,675 15,50011,30026,700
 
2018January15,14910,47525,624 15,30011,00026,300
 February15,14310,50425,647 15,10010,80025,800
 March14,80610,23225,038 14,90010,50025,400
 April14,3379,78424,121 14,60010,30024,900
 May14,48910,14624,635 14,30010,20024,600
 June14,65810,79025,448 14,0009,90023,900
 July14,61911,36925,988 13,7009,80023,500
 August14,58311,05025,633 13,5009,60023,100
 September13,2759,39522,670 13,2009,30022,600
 October12,3928,66321,055 13,0009,20022,200
 November11,8328,18020,012 12,8009,10021,900
 December11,7988,12319,921 12,6009,00021,600
 
2019January12,3088,56920,877 12,4009,00021,400
 February12,2448,62420,868 12,2008,80021,000
 March12,0308,42020,450 12,0008,70020,800
 April11,6788,27119,949 11,9008,60020,500
 May11,8918,45620,347 11,8008,50020,300
 June12,2939,25521,548 11,7008,50020,200
 July12,5009,99022,490 11,7008,50020,200
¹ Table contains revised figures
Table 2(c) Persons 25 years of age and over on the Live Register - Unadjusted and Seasonally Adjusted
  Unadjusted SeriesSeasonally Adjusted Series¹
 MonthMalesFemalesAll Persons MalesFemalesAll Persons
2017July133,564108,584242,148 130,30097,100227,400
 August130,395102,178232,573 128,20094,800223,100
 September123,68492,164215,848 126,50095,000221,500
 October120,56489,495210,059 124,90094,100219,000
 November119,34488,914208,258 123,20093,400216,700
 December120,81890,775211,593 121,50092,500213,900
 
2018January121,58690,176211,762 120,00091,800211,800
 February120,19089,507209,697 118,50090,900209,500
 March117,77589,553207,328 116,70090,200206,900
 April114,01285,469199,481 114,70088,900203,600
 May113,21085,657198,867 112,70087,700200,400
 June112,32390,294202,617 110,40086,400196,700
 July111,63396,824208,457 108,90085,300194,300
 August108,77190,754199,525 107,00083,700190,700
 September102,61580,445183,060 105,00083,400188,400
 October100,00578,187178,192 103,60082,700186,300
 November99,00477,245176,249 102,20081,600183,800
 December100,61679,132179,748 101,10080,700181,800
 
2019January100,84677,904178,750 99,40079,400178,900
 February99,07376,993176,066 97,70078,400176,100
 March97,10074,857171,957 96,70077,600174,300
 April96,08777,082173,169 96,10078,200174,300
 May95,12774,393169,520 94,80076,500171,300
 June95,98079,580175,560 94,40075,700170,200
 July96,43687,470183,906 94,10075,900170,000
¹ Table contains revised figures
Table 3 Summary of flows on and off the Live Register¹
  Males Females All Claimants
  Live RegisterJoined Live RegisterStayed on Live RegisterLeft Live Register Live RegisterJoined Live RegisterStayed on Live RegisterLeft Live Register Live RegisterJoined Live RegisterStayed on Live RegisterLeft Live Register
JB Claims
2018July17,5013,74313,7582,690 27,2558,51718,7382,312 44,75612,26032,4965,002
 August16,5193,32913,1903,773 22,9773,60219,3757,287 39,4966,93132,56511,060
 September15,0892,72212,3673,750 17,1692,93314,2368,313 32,2585,65526,60312,063
 October15,1293,31111,8182,769 16,8363,13213,7042,966 31,9656,44325,5225,735
 November15,5494,11711,4323,149 17,1103,92313,1873,172 32,6598,04024,6196,321
 December16,8623,51713,3451,727 19,0603,99015,0701,684 35,9227,50728,4153,411
 
2019January17,8254,92712,8983,466 18,9334,39714,5364,166 36,7589,32427,4347,632
 February17,5123,43614,0763,346 18,8473,35915,4883,049 36,3596,79529,5646,395
 March16,8913,09813,7933,290 17,6722,54115,1313,310 34,5635,63928,9246,600
 April17,0223,62313,3993,074 19,9975,55714,4402,791 37,0199,18027,8395,865
 May15,9513,75012,2014,305 17,2733,60313,6705,856 33,2247,35325,87110,161
 June16,5883,68612,9022,678 20,9976,48714,5102,272 37,58510,17327,4124,950
 July17,5904,11313,4772,619 27,5959,40118,1942,355 45,18513,51431,6714,974
JA Applications
2018July100,2325,38394,8497,102 62,4254,79257,6334,229 162,65710,175152,48211,331
 August98,4265,87992,5478,141 60,7073,99056,7176,087 159,1339,869149,26414,228
 September92,6125,32787,28511,482 55,2803,66551,6159,384 147,8928,992138,90020,866
 October89,1645,36983,7959,243 52,8603,32449,5366,074 142,0248,693133,33115,317
 November87,3526,40580,9478,689 51,4803,82347,6575,509 138,83210,228128,60414,198
 December87,7294,16683,5634,208 51,5542,64548,9092,815 139,2836,811132,4727,023
 
2019January87,6175,97281,6456,545 51,2683,88847,3804,471 138,8859,860129,02511,016
 February86,1734,90481,2696,688 50,6313,23847,3934,155 136,8048,142128,66210,843
 March84,7114,31280,3996,153 49,6942,63747,0573,862 134,4056,949127,45610,015
 April83,2484,10979,1395,930 49,2832,99046,2933,700 132,5317,099125,4329,630
 May83,7257,47376,2527,447 49,8625,14844,7144,907 133,58712,621120,96612,354
 June84,3956,34778,0486,008 51,8825,15146,7313,451 136,27711,498124,7799,459
 July84,0825,00479,0785,748 53,3254,62448,7013,476 137,4079,628127,7799,224
Other Registrants
2018July8,5192248,295287 18,51386117,652520 27,0321,08525,947807
 August8,4091838,226376 18,12043117,6891,037 26,52961425,9151,413
 September8,1891488,041430 17,39127317,1181,137 25,58042125,1591,567
 October8,1041937,911353 17,15435216,802759 25,25854524,7131,112
 November7,9351997,736443 16,83543516,400926 24,77063424,1361,369
 December7,8231677,656336 16,64134216,299649 24,46450923,955985
 
2019January7,7122367,476382 16,27230815,964740 23,98454423,4401,122
 February7,6321467,486290 16,13932315,816571 23,77146923,302861
 March7,5281157,413268 15,91123415,677581 23,43934923,090849
 April7,4951627,333253 16,07348015,593462 23,56864222,926715
 May7,3421397,203354 15,71430815,406803 23,05644722,6091,157
 June7,2901267,164219 15,95649715,459425 23,24662322,623644
 July7,2641977,067283 16,54087115,669441 23,8041,06822,736724
All Schemes
2018July126,2529,350116,90210,079 108,19314,17094,0237,061 234,44523,520210,92517,140
 August123,3549,391113,96312,290 101,8048,02393,78114,411 225,15817,414207,74426,701
 September115,8908,197107,69315,662 89,8406,87182,96918,834 205,73015,068190,66234,496
 October112,3978,873103,52412,365 86,8506,80880,0429,799 199,24715,681183,56622,164
 November110,83610,721100,11512,281 85,4258,18177,2449,607 196,26118,902177,35921,888
 December112,4147,850104,5646,271 87,2556,97780,2785,148 199,66914,827184,84211,419
 
2019January113,15411,135102,01910,393 86,4738,59377,8809,377 199,62719,728179,89919,770
 February111,3178,486102,83110,324 85,6176,92078,6977,775 196,93415,406181,52818,099
 March109,1307,525101,6059,711 83,2775,41277,8657,753 192,40712,937179,47017,464
 April107,7657,89499,8719,257 85,3539,02776,3266,953 193,11816,921176,19716,210
 May107,01811,36295,65612,106 82,8499,05973,79011,566 189,86720,421169,44623,672
 June108,27310,15998,1148,905 88,83512,13576,7006,148 197,10822,294174,81415,053
 July108,9369,31499,6228,650 97,46014,89682,5646,272 206,39624,210182,18614,922
Table 4 Persons on the Live Register classified by region
NUTS2 and NUTS3 Regions¹July 2018June 2019July 2019Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
      Northern and Western24,85221,61321,789+176-3,0632,40019,389
      Border12,93811,26711,368+101-1,5701,36310,005
      West11,91410,34610,421+75-1,4931,0379,384
        
      Southern 43,01436,09336,281+188-6,7334,26832,013
      Mid-West13,51311,33411,466+132-2,0471,45510,011
      South-East14,34312,50412,569+65-1,7741,62610,943
      South-West15,15812,25512,246-9-2,9121,18711,059
 
     Eastern and Midland58,28450,40950,730+321-7,5545,79544,935
      Dublin32,38728,17228,149-23-4,2383,02425,125
      Mid-East16,32814,05314,270+217-2,0581,69112,579
      Midland9,5698,1848,311+127-1,2581,0807,231
      Total126,252108,273108,936+663-17,31612,50096,436
 
Females
      Northern and Western22,32018,65820,273+1,615-2,0472,02018,253
      Border11,5069,59810,375+777-1,1311,1679,208
      West10,8149,0609,898+838-9168539,045
 
      Southern 37,15130,03632,988+2,952-4,1633,54029,448
      Mid-West11,2729,06610,009+943-1,2631,2158,794
      South-East12,42310,32111,209+888-1,2141,2819,928
      South-West13,45610,64911,770+1,121-1,6861,04410,726
 
     Eastern and Midland48,62340,01844,022+4,004-4,6014,39039,632
      Dublin24,53620,23522,315+2,080-2,2211,97820,337
      Mid-East15,14412,50413,791+1,287-1,3531,33512,456
      Midland8,9437,2797,916+637-1,0271,0776,839
      Total108,19388,83597,460+8,625-10,7339,99087,470
 
All Persons
      Northern and Western47,17240,27142,062+1,791-5,1104,42037,642
      Border24,44420,86521,743+878-2,7012,53019,213
      West22,72819,40620,319+913-2,4091,89018,429
 
      Southern 80,16566,12969,269+3,140-10,8967,80861,461
      Mid-West24,78520,40021,475+1,075-3,3102,67018,805
      South-East26,76622,82523,778+953-2,9882,90720,871
      South-West28,61422,90424,016+1,112-4,5982,23121,785
 
     Eastern and Midland106,90790,42794,752+4,325-12,15510,18584,567
      Dublin56,92348,40750,464+2,057-6,4595,00245,462
      Mid-East31,47226,55728,061+1,504-3,4113,02625,035
      Midland18,51215,46316,227+764-2,2852,15714,070
      Total234,445197,108206,396+9,288-28,04922,490183,906
¹ The composition of the regions is described in the Background Notes
2From January 2018, registrations which have yet not being assigned to a DEASP local office of registration are included in the Live Register Totals. These registrations are not included in individual NUTS3/ NUTS2 totals in this table.
Table 5 Persons on the Live Register classified by last held occupation
Broad occupational groupJuly 2018June 2019July 2019Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
Managers and administrators6,0815,4955,542+47-5391385,404
Professional6,4005,5535,893+340-5073355,558
Associate professional and technical 4,1833,8233,819-4-3643393,480
Clerical and secretarial7,3275,8806,711+831-6165626,149
Craft and related 31,42026,55226,348-204-5,0722,11224,236
Personal and protective service9,2948,1158,047-68-1,2478127,235
Sales8,7017,2987,212-86-1,4891,5855,627
Plant and machine operatives24,48120,82620,611-215-3,8702,29318,318
Other occupation20,00417,38217,410+28-2,5942,22415,186
No occupation¹8,3617,3497,343-6-1,0182,1005,243
Total 126,252108,273108,936+663-17,31612,50096,436
 
Females
Managers and administrators4,9054,5104,613+103-2921014,512
Professional10,1598,0109,872+1,862-2875659,307
Associate professional and technical 3,4183,1113,169+58-2491732,996
Clerical and secretarial25,19518,17123,828+5,657-1,36794522,883
Craft and related 5,7605,2505,305+55-4556544,651
Personal and protective service20,63217,05217,860+808-2,7721,96215,898
Sales14,94412,79212,740-52-2,2042,00310,737
Plant and machine operatives9,8118,2248,246+22-1,5659817,265
Other occupation7,4956,5156,589+74-9061,1325,457
No occupation¹5,8745,2005,238+38-6361,4743,764
Total108,19388,83597,460+8,625-10,7339,99087,470
 
All Persons
Managers and administrators10,98610,00510,155+150-8312399,916
Professional16,55913,56315,765+2,202-79490014,865
Associate professional and technical 7,6016,9346,988+54-6135126,476
Clerical and secretarial32,52224,05130,539+6,488-1,9831,50729,032
Craft and related 37,18031,80231,653-149-5,5272,76628,887
Personal and protective service29,92625,16725,907+740-4,0192,77423,133
Sales23,64520,09019,952-138-3,6933,58816,364
Plant and machine operatives34,29229,05028,857-193-5,4353,27425,583
Other occupation27,49923,89723,999+102-3,5003,35620,643
No occupation¹14,23512,54912,581+32-1,6543,5749,007
Total 234,445197,108206,396+9,288-28,04922,490183,906
¹ Includes those who never worked and those who have no stated occupation
Table 6 Persons on the Live Register classified by duration of continuous registration
DurationJuly 2018June 2019July 2019Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
   Less than one year70,90962,93864,147+1,209-6,7629,25654,891
   One year or more55,34345,33544,789-546-10,5543,24441,545
   Total126,252108,273108,936+663-17,31612,50096,436
 
Females
   Less than one year70,01456,97865,591+8,613-4,4237,80657,785
   One year or more38,17931,85731,869+12-6,3102,18429,685
   Total108,19388,83597,460+8,625-10,7339,99087,470
 
All Persons
   Less than one year140,923119,916129,738+9,822-11,18517,062112,676
   One year or more93,52277,19276,658-534-16,8645,42871,230
   Total234,445197,108206,396+9,288-28,04922,490183,906
Table 7 Casual and part-time workers on the Live Register
  MalesMonthly change FemalesMonthly change All PersonsMonthly change
2017July28,426-666 26,821-424 55,247-1,090
 August27,552-874 26,091-730 53,643-1,604
 September26,671-881 25,321-770 51,992-1,651
 October26,225-446 25,065-256 51,290-702
 November26,190-35 25,154+89 51,344+54
 December26,120-70 25,039-115 51,159-185
 
2018January25,555-565 24,676-363 50,231-928
 February25,459-96 24,858+182 50,317+86
 March24,909-550 24,557-301 49,466-851
 April24,188-721 23,939-618 48,127-1,339
 May23,493-695 23,424-515 46,917-1,210
 June22,872-621 23,116-308 45,988-929
 July22,290-582 22,855-261 45,145-843
 August21,492-798 22,102-753 43,594-1,551
 September20,719-773 21,405-697 42,124-1,470
 October20,309-410 21,344-61 41,653-471
 November20,286-23 21,473+129 41,759+106
 December20,348+62 21,403-70 41,751-08
 
2019January20,079-269 21,161-242 41,240-511
 February20,090+11 21,174+13 41,264+24
 March19,803-287 20,956-218 40,759-505
 April19,280-523 20,403-553 39,683-1,076
 May18,502-778 19,894-509 38,396-1,287
 June18,259-243 19,856-38 38,115-281
 July17,915-344 19,671-185 37,586-529
Table 8 Persons on the Live Register classified by nationality grouping
  Nationality grouping
  Non-Irish nationals     
  United KingdomEU15 excl. IRL & UKEU15 to EU28 StatesOther  Non-Irish nationalsIrish nationalsAll Persons
2017July10,3342,99224,7427,971 46,039228,346274,385
 August10,0492,95023,8587,822 44,679219,577264,256
 September9,3332,75922,6167,222 41,930202,389244,319
 October9,1002,73022,2626,850 40,942195,550236,492
 November9,0002,85822,3276,685 40,870192,339233,209
 December9,1182,85622,6796,671 41,324194,944236,268
 
2018January9,2202,98723,3096,693 42,209195,177237,386
 February9,1242,93023,1676,787 42,008193,336235,344
 March9,0072,78222,7066,761 41,256191,110232,366
 April8,6952,64621,8346,699 39,874183,728223,602
 May8,7552,64721,3707,024 39,796183,706223,502
 June8,8262,63021,1027,335 39,893188,172228,065
 July8,9462,61021,0287,312 39,896194,549234,445
 August8,6452,60020,1937,149 38,587186,571225,158
 September7,9652,42618,9106,504 35,805169,925205,730
 October7,7962,42818,6016,107 34,932164,315199,247
 November7,7872,50518,6325,983 34,907161,354196,261
 December7,9042,49719,2116,003 35,615164,054199,669
 
2019January7,8692,58819,4506,020 35,927163,700199,627
 February7,7652,59519,2385,948 35,546161,388196,934
 March7,5572,43818,8735,948 34,816157,591192,407
 April7,4722,43618,4815,953 34,342158,776193,118
 May7,4042,39318,0276,232 34,056155,811189,867
 June7,5902,46718,0606,545 34,662162,446197,108
 July7,8202,55418,1266,735 35,235171,161206,396
Annex Table A1 - Number of persons availing of Activation Programmes
 June 2018May 2019June 2019
Back to Work Schemes    
Back to Work Enterprise allowance scheme -self employed strand8,0325,2505,038
Short-term Enterprise Allowance1 359319333
Total Back to Work payments 8,3915,5695,371
 
Other Activation Programmes    
DSP Part-time Job Incentive365255229
TUS - Community Work Placement Initiative (2011) 6,4856,1966,041
Gateway (2013)2800
Total Other Activation Programmes6,8586,4516,270
     
Community Employment Schemes (excluding Supervisors)21,02621,50521,367
 
FAS (Solas) Full Time Training for Unemployed People5,6375,5804,918
     
Back to Education Courses    
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)31,8282,3821,047
Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)41,7353,7331,474
Total Back to Education Courses 3,5636,1152,521
     
Total Activation Programmes45,47545,22040,447
1 This scheme was introduced from 1st May 2009. It provides immediate support for someone in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit who wants to start a business.
2Gateway Scheme closed in December 2018.
3Starting from February 2019, new VTOS figures for 2018 and 2019 are being reported, supplied directly from the new SOLAS computer system PLSS. VTOS figures were estimated at 5,000 per month to December 2017.
4BTEA figures include all schemes but participants from JA & JB are not entitled to BTEA during the summer holidays. Includes MOMENTUM participants from February 2013.

Background Notes

Source and scope of the Live Register

The Live Register is compiled from returns made for each local office to the Central Statistics Office by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP).  It comprises of persons under 65 years of age in the following classes:

  • All Claimants for Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) excluding systematic short-time workers
  • Applicants for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) excluding smallholders/farm assists and other self-employed persons
  • Other registrants including applicants for credited Social Welfare contributions but excluding those directly involved in an industrial dispute.

The Live Register excludes those claimants on Jobseeker schemes who are 65 years of age and over. There was no change to this exclusion criterion with the removal of the State Pension (Transition) Scheme from 1st January 2014. Persons aged 65 years can remain on a Jobseeker scheme up to their next birthday but are not included in the Live Register.

Prior to January 2017, the DEASP provided tabulated claimant counts directly to the CSO to facilitate production of the Live Register. These claimant counts were grouped by age, gender, occupation, nationality, duration, region, county and local welfare office. Data provided in this fashion is available from 1967 to December 2016.

Beginning with January 2017, the Live Register has been produced using claimant microdata from the DEASP Integrated Short Term Scheme (ISTS) database. Claimants are determined to be on the Live Register if they fulfil the Live Register criteria and such persons are summarised and cross-tabulated to produce the counts published in the Live Register release.

As claimant count microdata was retrospectively available to January 2012, previously published Live Register data for this period were revised with data produced from the claimant microdata. These revisions were generally minor in nature and are included in this release as well as all relevant Statbank tables.

Reference Period

The reference periods for the Live Register results are as follows:

July 2019 –  30th June to 27th July 2019

July 2018 –  1st to 28th July 2018

From May 2015 (reference period) the reference period refers to the week of the last Thursday in the month, previously the reference period referred to the week of the last Friday in the month.

The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment.  It includes part-time (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseekers Allowance and or Jobseekers Benefit.  Monthly unemployment is measured by the Monthly Unemployment release and quarterly unemployment is measured by the Labour Force Survey (formerly the Quarterly National Household Survey).

Standardised unemployment rates

The Standardised Unemployment Rate (SUR) series, previously in Table 3, has been discontinued from May 2015. It has been replaced by the Monthly Unemployment series, which is published two days before the Live Register.

Labour Force Survey 

The Labour Force Survey (LFS), was launched in January 2018 with the publication of Quarter 3 2017 data (Q3 2017). The Labour Force survey replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS).

The LFS provides quarterly estimates of the unemployment rate.

The calendar reference quarters for survey results are:
Q1 - January to March, Q2 - April to June, Q3 - July to September and Q4 - October to December.

Seasonal Adjustment

Since January 2011 the seasonal adjustment of the Live Register is completed by applying the X-12-ARIMA model, developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Seasonal adjustment is conducted using the indirect approach, where each individual series is independently adjusted (male under 25 years, female under 25 years, male 25 years and over and female 25 years and over). To preserve consistency between the individual and aggregate series, the series for gender, age group and total Live Register are then created from these four component series.

The X-12 ARIMA method has the X-11 moving averages process at its core, but builds on this by providing options for pre-treating the series using a regARIMA approach for prior adjustment and series extension. In essence this methodology will estimate seasonal factors while taking account of temporary changes, outliers, level shifts and calendar effects (e.g timing of Easter).

All Live Register series are updated monthly with the latest three years of seasonally adjusted data as part of the concurrent approach. The comprehensive annual review contains revisions to the entire series. Revisions to the series are typically very minor in scale.

For additional information on the use of X-12-ARIMA see detailed note in the January 2011 Live Register release.

Jobseeker’s Benefit Duration

Prior to 19 January 2004 Jobseeker’s Benefit was payable for 15 months (390 days).

From 19 January 2004, Jobseeker’s Benefit could be paid for a maximum of 15 months (390 days) to people who had at least 260 paid PRSI contributions.  Jobseeker’s Benefit could be paid for a maximum of 12 months (312 days) to people who had less than 260 paid contributions (Refers to new claims).

From 15 October 2008, Jobseeker’s Benefit could be paid for a maximum of 12 months (312 days) to people who had at least 260 paid PRSI contributions.  Jobseeker’s Benefit could be paid for a maximum of 9 months (234 days) to people who had less than 260 paid contributions.

As of 3 April 2013, Jobseeker’s Benefit can be paid for a maximum of 9 months (234 days) to people who have 260 paid PRSI contributions. Jobseeker’s Benefit can be paid for a maximum of 6 months (156 days) to people who have less than 260 paid contributions (Refers to new claims).

Claimants getting Jobseeker’s Benefit for 6 months or more on 3 April 2013 (or 3 months for people with fewer than 260 contributions) will not be affected.

One-Parent Family Payment (OFP)

The One-Parent Family Payment is a social welfare payment for men and women who are younger than 66 and bring up children without the support of a partner and meet certain other criteria. Claimants on this scheme are not counted as part of the Live Register.

From July 2013 new rules came into operation reducing the age limits for the One-Parent Family Payment. This means that some people no longer qualify for the payment and may avail of other schemes or supports.

As a consequence, approximately 2,800 people in July 2013, 1,300 people in July 2014 and 2,786 people in July 2015, previously receiving the One-Parent Family Payment, made a claim for Jobseekers Allowance (JA) and will therefore appear on the Live Register.

For information on the age-related changes to the OFP scheme from July 2013, please see the following link to the DEASP website:

http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/278_One-Parent-Family-Payment.aspx

Live Register Flows

Live Register flows are calculated by analysing persons on the Live Register in the reference week of the reference month compared to those on the Live Register in the reference week of the previous month. The flows are calculated as follows:

Joined Live Register: Persons on the Live Register in the reference week of the current month who were not present on the Live Register in the reference week of the previous month.

Stayed on Live Register: Persons on the Live Register in the reference week of the current month who were also present on the Live Register in the reference week of the previous month.

Left Live Register: Persons not on the Live Register in the reference week of the current month who were present on the Live Register in the reference week of the previous month.

Inflows and outflows published in this release relate to persons moving on or off the Live Register. Inter-scheme movement is not counted as a Live Register flow. For example, if a claimant exhausts his/her entitlement to JB and opens a new JA claim, this is not counted as an outflow in JB and an inflow in JA. The person has moved scheme but has not joined nor left the Live Register. Thus, those persons who move schemes from one month to the next are counted as “Stayed on the Live Register”.

Live Register Area Analysis

The basis of the area analysis in Live Register statistics is the DEASP local office of registration.  The areas served by Local Employment Offices do not correspond to specific geographic boundaries.  Therefore, registrants at a given local office do not necessarily come from a particular region or area which can be precisely delineated e.g. data for the Cork City Local Offices of Registration refers to all persons signing on in Cork City but may include persons not resident in Cork City. 

From January 2018, registrations which have yet not being assigned to a DEASP local office of registration are included in the Live Register totals. Therefore as these registrations are not included in the regional breakdowns, the sum of these regions may not add to the Live Register totals.

The latest available Live Register data by Province, County and Local Office of Registration are published on the CSO website, through the CSO StatBank, on the publication of this release, see link here.

 

NUTS2 and NUTS3 regions

The regional classifications in this release is based on the NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units) classification used by Eurostat. Until Q4 2017, the NUTS3 regions corresponded to the eight Regional Authorities established under the Local Government Act, 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Establishment) Order, 1993, which came into operation on 1 January 1994 while the NUTS2 regions, which were proposed by Government and agreed by Eurostat in 1999, were groupings of those historic NUTS3 regions.

However, the NUTS3 boundaries were amended on 21st of November 2016 under Regulation (EC) No. 2066/2016 and have come into force from Q1 2018. These new groupings are reflected in the LFS results from Q1 2018 onwards. The changes resulting from the amendment are that County Louth has moved from the Border to the Mid-East and what was formerly South Tipperary has moved from the South-East to the Mid-West, resulting in the new NUTS2 and NUTS3 regions:

Northern & Western NUTS2 Region Southern NUTS2 Region Eastern & Midland NUTS2 Region
Border Cavan Mid-West Clare Dublin Dublin City
  Donegal   Limerick City & County   Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
  Leitrim   Tipperary   Fingal
  Monaghan       South Dublin
  Sligo        
    South-East Carlow Mid-East Kildare
West Galway City   Kilkenny   Meath
  Galway County   Waterford City & County   Wicklow
  Mayo   Wexford   Louth
  Roscommon        
        Midland Laois
    South-West Cork City   Longford
      Cork County   Offaly
      Kerry   Westmeath

 

Occupations

Live Register occupational data is sourced from information collected by the DEASP on the most recent occupation of claimants when they sign on the Live Register.  The classification used is based on the UK Standard Occupational Classification (SOC).  “No occupation” is an additional category and includes those who have never worked and those who have no stated occupation.

Age by Duration Analysis

Detailed tables relating to regional and scheme data are available on the CSO website through the CSO Main Data Dissemination Service, StatBank, to see these please click here

Casual and part-time workers

The number of claimants on the Live Register who work on a casual and /or part-time basis is supplied by the DEASP. People who work for part of a week may be eligible for Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance and may also be included on the Live Register, if the DEASP is satisfied that they are not in full-time employment, are available for work and are looking for full-time employment.  

Nationality

Data in the nationality grouping table is sourced from information collected by the DEASP on the nationality of claimants when they first sign on the Live Register.

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