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Live Register

May 2021

 Live Register TotalSeasonally AdjustedPandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS)Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS)Total 1
May 2020225,662228,000544,670466,552-1,169,032
April 2021177,969180,200385,217-311,275844,237
May 2021171,699174,200309,515-n/an/a
       
Change in month--6,000- 75,702-n/an/a
Change in year-53,963--235,155---
1 Estimated total number of persons (excluding overlaps) on the Live Register or benefitting from the PUP, the TWSS or the EWSS

Total number of persons on the Live Register or receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment decreased by 14.1% to 477,915 over the month to May 2021

Live Register Seasonally Adjusted
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The unadjusted Live Register total for May 2021 was 171,699 persons; this consisted of 96,448 males (56.2%) and 75,251 females (43.8%). Of those on the Live Register for May 2021, 19,041 or 11.1%, are under 25 years of age, while 152,658 or 88.9%, are 25 years of age and over. See Tables 1a, 1b and 1c.

On an adjusted basis, the number of male and female claimants on the Live Register were 95,800 and 78,400 representing 55.0% and 45.0% of the seasonally adjusted Live Register total respectively. See Table 2a.

At the end of May 2021, 309,515 of those whose income from employment has been affected due to COVID-19 were being facilitated through the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) which is administered by the Department of Social Protection (DSP). There are currently 235,155 less persons in receipt of the PUP than at the end of May 2020.  Users should consider the impact of Government restrictions when comparing the number of people in receipt of the PUP at different points in time. See Table A2.

The PUP recipients at the end of May 2021 consisted of 165,790 males (53.6%) and 143,725 females (46.4%). Breaking this down by age, 80,241 or 25.9%, were under 25 years of age, while 229,274 or 74.1%, were 25 years of age and over. See Table A2 and Infographic.

A total of 477,915 persons were either on the Live Register or were benefitting from the PUP in May 2021. This compares 556,280 in the month of April 2021.

The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) replaced the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) from 01 September 2020. There were a small number of EWSS claims in July and August 2020 in respect of newly hired or seasonally hired employees who were ineligible for the TWSS.

A total of 844,237 persons were on the Live Register or were benefitting from the PUP or EWSS in April 2021. This compares to 907,019 in the month of March 2021. See Table A2 and LRM20.

While the PUP and the Live Register are weekly schemes, the availability of EWSS data depends on an employee’s pay frequency which could be weekly, fortnightly, every four weeks or monthly. Because of these differing pay frequencies, and the time it takes for employers to lodge payslip data with the Revenue Commissioners before it is made available to the CSO for dissemination purposes, there is a lag on the availability of the EWSS estimates in the same way there was for the TWSS estimates.

The EWSS estimates are based on a person being directly supported by the EWSS scheme, i.e. their employer is in receipt of an EWSS subsidy in respect of that employee. Monthly estimates of the number of persons being directly supported by the EWSS are included in Table A2 below and in LRM20 on PxStat. While these tables contain May 2021 estimates of the number of persons on the Live Register or in receipt of the PUP, the EWSS estimates are only available up to April 2021.  Please also see the COVID-19 Income Supports - An Analysis of Recipients March 2020 to May 2021 Frontier publication that was published by the CSO on 20 May 2021.

Users should note that the EWSS estimates will be subject to revision as the CSO receive more up to date data relating to the scheme, with more recent months possibly subject to larger revisions. It should also be noted that, because age and/or sex is unknown for some recipients of the EWSS, the sum for those aged under 25 years and those aged 25 years and over, for example, may not equal the value for all ages as that total will include those whose age is unknown.

Table A2 below also includes monthly estimates of the total number of persons on the Live Register, or who are being supported by the PUP, TWSS or EWSS (Estimated Number of Persons on the LR or benefitting from PUP, TWSS or EWSS). Table LRM20 in PxStat published today, includes both that "Total" and one that excludes those on Live Register (Estimated Number of Persons benefitting from PUP, TWSS or EWSS) for the period of March 2020 through to April 2021. Both of these “Totals” remove any overlap or duplication within the relevant schemes for each month as they count each person only once even if they appear on more than one scheme in the reference month.

In April 2021, 311,275 persons are currently estimated to have been directly supported by the EWSS. There were more persons aged 25 years and over (267,231) than under 25 years (43,146) being supported by the scheme in April 2021, with those age groups representing 86.1% and 13.9% respectively of those whose age was known. There were 175,548 males (56.6%) and 134,858 females (43.4%) being supported by the scheme in April 2021.

Table LRM20 on PxStat includes EWSS estimates for the period July 2020 through to April 2021. The numbers being directly supported by the EWSS for July 2020 (22,370) and August 2020 (79,618) are much lower than the subsequent months as the TWSS was still operational and EWSS claims were only approved for new hires and seasonal staff who were ineligible for the TWSS. The highest number of EWSS recipients occurred in October 2020 when it stood at 371,026.

As outlined above, Table A2 includes the Estimated Number of Persons on the LR or benefitting from PUP, TWSS or EWSS [Total (Excluding overlaps)] and this total is estimated to have stood at 844,237 in April 2021. There were 81.7% persons aged 25 years and over (689,109) and 18.3% aged under 25 years (154,230) being supported by all these schemes in April 2021. There were more males (54.7% or 461,046) than females (45.3% or 382,322) being supported by the schemes.

Table LRM20 on PxStat also includes the total for all schemes for the period March 2020 through to April 2021. The number of those being supported by all schemes was lowest for March 2020 (688,004), however, this was the first month of operation of the COVID-19 income support schemes. The first Payment of the PUP referred to the week ending on 22 March 2020, while the TWSS was first paid on 24 March 2020, but could relate to earlier payslips. The current high point of the series was reached in April 2020 (1,179,150). As Government COVID-19 restrictions eased over the following months, the number of those supported by all the schemes decreased on a monthly basis and came to a current mid-series low point in September 2020 (740,473). The monthly totals have been fluctuating since then due to the changing levels of restrictions in place at the time.

The total that excludes the Live Register (Estimated Number of Persons benefitting from PUP, TWSS or EWSS) is also included in LRM20 for the period March 2020 through to April 2021. Similar patterns were observed for the total including the Live Register as described above. Again, the number of those being supported by these schemes was lowest for March 2020 (516,048) and highest for April 2020 (1,011,960) coming to a mid-series low point in September 2020 (552,397). In April 2021, the Estimated Number of Persons benefitting from PUP, TWSS or EWSS stood at 685,423 (for those whose age is known) with those aged over 25 years representing 80.2% and those aged under 25 years representing 19.8% of the total. In April 2021, males represented 54.1% and females represented 45.9% of the total number of persons benefitting from the COVID-19 income support schemes.

A review of non-recipient Live Register claims is ongoing at the DSP and relates primarily to cases where a person who was in receipt of the PUP has since closed their PUP claim and reported a return to employment. This will impact the Live Register totals, as some of these non-recipient jobseeker claims were included on the Live Register, but their jobseeker claims were not automatically closed at that time. Please see the Technical Note published by the CSO alongside the Live Register release for August 2020 for more information including an analysis of Live Register components based on their recipient status. A table providing a breakdown of Live Register claimants by recipient and non-recipient status is available in Annex Table A3 at the end of this Live Register release today, while the corresponding series from January 2012 onwards is also available on PxStat.

The Live Register for May 2021 has been compiled in the traditional way and the usual tables are included below. The CSO will continue to evaluate the available income support schemes and the results of the recipient and non-recipient analysis of the Live Register to determine whether any changes are required to the methodology for the Live Register to improve the usability of the series. In the meantime, caution needs to be exercised when assessing monthly changes. Any changes the CSO may make to the Live Register methodology in the future will be clearly outlined to users in the Live Register release and accompanying material.

The detailed commentary usually provided on the Live Register tables has not been included here but can be made available to users on request to labour@cso.ie.

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.  

The Labour Market Analysis area of the CSO are compiling a mailing list of users who wish to register their interest in being kept informed of Labour Market related updates from the CSO. These email updates will include advising users of any updates to the aggregate tables available at the link above. If you wish to be included in this mailing list, please email labour@cso.ie and register your email address for inclusion on the mailing list.


Annex - Activation Programmes

Data up to the end of April 2021 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 39,613 persons availing of these programmes in April 2021, which is a decrease of 5,320 persons (-11.8%) from the previous year, when there were 44,933 persons in activation programmes. 

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

DurationLess than one yearOne year or more
May 201911362976238
June 201911991677192
July 201912973876658
August 201912328875805
September 201911218971594
October 201911131369146
November 201910955268002
December 201911443867558
January 202011605067705
February 202011574566871
March 202013824466965
April 202014629168450
May 202015579869864
June 202014920471667
July 202016982274740
August 202015003975805
September 202013559675896
October 202012844274730
November 202011895375105
December 202011405075810
January 202111090577638
February 202110748379219
March 202110194681150
April 20219684181128
May 20219153980160
Under 25 years25 years and over
May 201920347169520
May 202029617196045
May 202119041152658
Broad Occupational GroupMay 2019May 2020May 2021
19943116017845
211779145779385
3678378476053
4206102212615727
5318533564524767
6245703250820200
7197402067514989
8288903170222649
9235032662520716
10121962235629368
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

 

Table 1(a) Total persons on the Live Register
CategoryMay 2020April 2021May 2021Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims29,78016,30815,118-1,190-14,662
    JA Applications88,81677,86875,629-2,239-13,187
    Other Registrants6,3645,7575,701-56-663
    Total124,96099,93396,448-3,485-28,512
 
Females
    JB Claims31,21617,55916,295-1,264-14,921
    JA Applications55,26047,34045,966-1,374-9,294
    Other Registrants14,22613,13712,990-147-1,236
    Total100,70278,03675,251-2,785-25,451
 
All Persons
    JB Claims60,99633,86731,413-2,454-29,583
    JA Applications144,076125,208121,595-3,613-22,481
    Other Registrants20,59018,89418,691-203-1,899
    Total225,662177,969171,699-6,270-53,963
Table 1(b) Persons under 25 years of age on the Live Register
CategoryMay 2020April 2021May 2021Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims2,410772796+24-1,614
    JA Applications13,83110,36710,054-313-3,777
    Other Registrants373233+1-4
    Total16,27811,17110,883-288-5,395
 
Females
    JB Claims3,0251,0631,013-50-2,012
    JA Applications10,2747,3607,115-245-3,159
    Other Registrants403130-1-10
    Total13,3398,4548,158-296-5,181
 
All Persons
    JB Claims5,4351,8351,809-26-3,626
    JA Applications24,10517,72717,169-558-6,936
    Other Registrants7763630-14
    Total29,61719,62519,041-584-10,576
Table 1(c) Persons 25 years of age and over on the Live Register
CategoryMay 2020April 2021May 2021Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims27,37015,53614,322-1,214-13,048
    JA Applications74,98567,50165,575-1,926-9,410
    Other Registrants6,3275,7255,668-57-659
    Total108,68288,76285,565-3,197-23,117
 
Females
    JB Claims28,19116,49615,282-1,214-12,909
    JA Applications44,98639,98038,851-1,129-6,135
    Other Registrants14,18613,10612,960-146-1,226
    Total87,36369,58267,093-2,489-20,270
 
All Persons
    JB Claims55,56132,03229,604-2,428-25,957
    JA Applications119,971107,481104,426-3,055-15,545
    Other Registrants20,51318,83118,628-203-1,885
    Total196,045158,344152,658-5,686-43,387
Table 2(a) Total persons on the Live Register - Unadjusted and Seasonally Adjusted
 Unadjusted SeriesSeasonally Adjusted Series¹
 MonthMalesFemalesAll Persons MalesFemalesAll Persons
2019May107,01882,849189,867106,40085,500191,900
 June108,27388,835197,108105,70084,700190,400
 July108,93697,460206,396105,20084,000189,200
 August107,84991,244199,093104,80083,200188,000
 September103,54880,235183,783105,40082,400187,700
 October100,96179,498180,459105,20083,000188,200
 November100,65976,895177,554105,20081,900187,100
 December102,87879,118181,996104,90081,800186,700
 
2020January104,60579,150183,755103,90081,700185,600
 February103,59679,020182,616102,60081,200183,800
 March113,26891,941205,209112,60095,800208,500
 April119,23295,509214,741119,00096,800215,800
 May124,960100,702225,662124,200103,800228,000
 June121,10899,763220,871118,30095,500213,800
 July132,446112,116244,562128,30097,600225,800
 August122,503103,341225,844119,10094,600213,700
 September117,52893,964211,492118,90095,600214,500
 October112,25390,919203,172116,50094,200210,700
 November108,25885,800194,058113,00091,100204,100
 December106,15283,708189,860108,50086,900195,400
 
2021January106,25982,284188,543106,00085,200191,200
 February105,11481,588186,702104,50083,900188,400
 March103,28379,813183,096102,50082,400184,900
 April99,93378,036177,96999,60080,600180,200
 May96,44875,251171,699 95,80078,400174,200
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
2019May11,8918,45620,34711,7008,60020,200
 June12,2939,25521,54811,6008,50020,100
 July12,5009,99022,49011,6008,40020,000
 August12,7269,74522,47111,6008,30020,000
 September11,9498,39320,34211,8008,30020,100
 October11,1997,71918,91811,9008,30020,100
 November11,0007,36218,36212,0008,30020,300
 December11,1007,36918,46912,1008,30020,400
 
2020January11,7387,85319,59112,1008,30020,400
 February11,6998,03319,73211,8008,30020,000
 March13,07410,32323,39713,20010,80023,900
 April14,28111,31725,59814,30011,80026,100
 May16,27813,33929,61715,90013,50029,500
 June16,34313,23629,57915,40012,10027,500
 July17,84314,82832,67116,40012,40028,900
 August17,10714,25731,36415,50012,20027,700
 September15,96012,81728,77715,70012,70028,300
 October13,85011,02124,87114,80011,80026,600
 November12,98410,23523,21914,20011,50025,700
 December11,9369,06521,00113,10010,20023,300
 
2021January11,9859,03421,01912,5009,50022,100
 February11,8508,91020,76012,1009,20021,300
 March11,6348,66820,30211,7009,10020,700
 April11,1718,45419,62511,2008,80020,000
 May10,8838,15819,041 10,6008,30018,900
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
2019May95,12774,393169,520 94,70077,000171,700
 June95,98079,580175,560 94,10076,300170,400
 July96,43687,470183,906 93,60075,600169,200
 August95,12381,499176,622 93,20074,900168,100
 September91,59971,842163,441 93,60074,100167,700
 October89,76271,779161,541 93,40074,800168,100
 November89,65969,533159,192 93,20073,700166,800
 December91,77871,749163,527 92,80073,600166,400
 
2020January92,86771,297164,164 91,80073,400165,200
 February91,89770,987162,884 90,80072,900163,700
 March100,19481,618181,812 99,50085,000184,500
 April104,95184,192189,143 104,70085,000189,700
 May108,68287,363196,045 108,30090,200198,500
 June104,76586,527191,292 102,90083,400186,400
 July114,60397,288211,891 111,80085,100197,000
 August105,39689,084194,480 103,50082,500186,000
 September101,56881,147182,715 103,20082,900186,200
 October98,40379,898178,301 101,80082,400184,100
 November95,27475,565170,839 98,80079,600178,300
 December94,21674,643168,859 95,50076,700172,100
 
2021January94,27473,250167,524 93,50075,700169,200
 February93,26472,678165,942 92,40074,700167,100
 March91,64971,145162,794 90,80073,300164,100
 April88,76269,582158,344 88,40071,800160,200
 May85,56567,093152,658 85,20070,100155,300
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
2020May29,7805,14924,6313,114 31,2164,95626,2602,851 60,99610,10550,8915,965
 June26,6824,61122,0717,035 30,1086,18823,9206,670 56,79010,79945,99113,705
 July33,46312,85620,6075,074 37,35913,13424,2254,970 70,82225,99044,83210,044
 August24,7474,76719,98012,595 29,9594,91125,04811,558 54,7069,67845,02824,153
 September22,1544,25217,9026,010 23,9974,81619,18110,123 46,1519,06837,08316,133
 October21,4416,20315,2385,973 24,2787,44316,8356,262 45,71913,64632,07312,235
 November19,8503,34616,5044,189 21,4733,26218,2115,460 41,3236,60834,7159,649
 December18,9852,99915,9862,983 20,7673,26517,5023,309 39,7526,26433,4886,292
 
2021January19,1963,45515,7412,735 19,7943,01516,7793,561 38,9906,47032,5206,296
 February18,8002,38516,4152,349 19,6462,46817,1782,279 38,4464,85333,5934,628
 March17,7941,79715,9972,328 18,6371,80316,8342,393 36,4313,60032,8314,721
 April16,3082,22214,0863,051 17,5592,53215,0272,947 33,8674,75429,1135,998
 May15,1182,21212,9062,947 16,2952,43713,8583,281 31,4134,64926,7646,228
JA Applications
2020May88,8166,48682,3302,702 55,2605,49749,7632,175 144,07611,983132,0934,877
 June88,0885,72282,3667,061 55,2945,49149,8035,927 143,38211,213132,16912,988
 July92,7009,37783,3235,704 60,0568,34551,7114,300 152,75617,722135,03410,004
 August91,5026,17885,3248,196 58,8014,86653,9356,704 150,30311,044139,25914,900
 September89,2385,44183,7978,476 55,8564,23051,6267,703 145,0949,671135,42316,179
 October84,7036,11978,58411,494 52,6315,16947,4629,101 137,33411,288126,04620,595
 November82,3413,75478,5876,802 50,5263,08847,4385,662 132,8676,842126,02512,464
 December81,1812,95078,2314,925 49,2242,25346,9714,065 130,4055,203125,2028,990
 
2021January81,1113,33377,7783,880 48,9992,64946,3503,220 130,1105,982124,1287,100
 February80,4122,60877,8043,686 48,5742,12846,4462,817 128,9864,736124,2506,503
 March79,6402,35877,2823,541 47,9431,80446,1392,770 127,5834,162123,4216,311
 April77,8682,44775,4214,800 47,3402,19445,1463,302 125,2084,641120,5678,102
 May75,6292,53273,0975,182 45,9662,17943,7873,879 121,5954,711116,8849,061
Other Registrants
2020May6,364566,308148 14,22610614,120339 20,59016220,428487
 June6,338796,259165 14,36122814,133252 20,69930720,392417
 July6,283946,189212 14,70152414,177379 20,98461820,366591
 August6,254696,185166 14,58116014,421450 20,83522920,606616
 September6,136816,055263 14,11115813,953755 20,24723920,0081,018
 October6,1091205,989249 14,01029213,718587 20,11941219,707836
 November6,0671195,948222 13,80119513,606543 19,86831419,554765
 December5,986985,888246 13,71723013,487465 19,70332819,375711
 
2021January5,9521105,842177 13,49115013,341456 19,44326019,183633
 February5,902685,834170 13,36815613,212353 19,27022419,046523
 March5,849655,784183 13,23310513,128323 19,08217018,912506
 April5,757655,692233 13,13714212,995396 18,89420718,687629
 May5,701655,636168 12,99010712,883345 18,69117218,519513
All Schemes
2020May124,96011,691113,2695,964 100,70210,55990,1435,365 225,66222,250203,41211,329
 June121,10810,412110,69614,261 99,76311,90787,85612,849 220,87122,319198,55227,110
 July132,44622,327110,11910,990 112,11622,00390,1139,649 244,56244,330200,23220,639
 August122,50311,014111,48920,957 103,3419,93793,40418,712 225,84420,951204,89339,669
 September117,5289,774107,75414,749 93,9649,20484,76018,581 211,49218,978192,51433,330
 October112,25312,44299,81117,716 90,91912,90478,01515,950 203,17225,346177,82633,666
 November108,2587,219101,03911,213 85,8006,54579,25511,665 194,05813,764180,29422,878
 December106,1526,047100,1058,154 83,7085,74877,9607,839 189,86011,795178,06515,993
 
2021January106,2596,89899,3616,792 82,2845,81476,4707,237 188,54312,712175,83114,029
 February105,1145,061100,0536,205 81,5884,75276,8365,449 186,7029,813176,88911,654
 March103,2834,22099,0636,052 79,8133,71276,1015,486 183,0967,932175,16411,538
 April99,9334,73495,1998,084 78,0364,86873,1686,645 177,9699,602168,36714,729
 May96,4484,80991,6398,297 75,2514,72370,5287,505 171,6999,532162,16715,802
1 Flow analysis: inflows and outflows published in this table do not take account of inter-scheme activity within the Live Register. For example, if a claimant exhausts his/her entitlement to JB and opens a new JA claim this is counted as an outflow in JB and an inflow in JA.
Table 4 Persons on the Live Register classified by region
NUTS2 and NUTS3 Regions (1, 2)May 2020April 2021May 2021Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
      Northern and Western22,61219,02818,187-841-4,4251,85116,336
      Border11,8359,9349,557-377-2,2781,0058,552
      West10,7779,0948,630-464-2,1478467,784
 
      Southern 38,81732,73331,445-1,288-7,3723,49627,949
      Mid-West12,11510,47110,007-464-2,1081,1518,856
      South-East12,79211,02010,639-381-2,1531,3099,330
      South-West13,91011,24210,799-443-3,1111,0369,763
 
     Eastern and Midland52,55047,11345,357-1,756-7,1935,08840,269
      Dublin29,24426,83325,795-1,038-3,4492,75623,039
      Mid-East14,86113,06212,556-506-2,3051,47711,079
      Midland8,4457,2187,006-212-1,4398556,151
      Total124,96099,93396,448-3,485-28,51210,88385,565
 
Females
      Northern and Western18,61415,34214,492-850-4,1221,47113,021
      Border9,3967,8257,452-373-1,9448206,632
      West9,2187,5177,040-477-2,1786516,389
 
      Southern 30,60725,47424,544-930-6,0632,67121,873
      Mid-West9,0287,6137,354-259-1,6749046,450
      South-East9,7958,5798,331-248-1,4649417,390
      South-West11,7849,2828,859-423-2,9258268,033
 
     Eastern and Midland38,99536,10634,623-1,483-4,3723,58831,035
      Dublin20,05219,10618,280-826-1,7721,73916,541
      Mid-East12,20510,96710,539-428-1,6661,0979,442
      Midland6,7386,0335,804-229-9347525,052
      Total100,70278,03675,251-2,785-25,4518,15867,093
 
All Persons
      Northern and Western41,22634,37032,679-1,691-8,5473,32229,357
      Border21,23117,75917,009-750-4,2221,82515,184
      West19,99516,61115,670-941-4,3251,49714,173
 
      Southern 69,42458,20755,989-2,218-13,4356,16749,822
      Mid-West21,14318,08417,361-723-3,7822,05515,306
      South-East22,58719,59918,970-629-3,6172,25016,720
      South-West25,69420,52419,658-866-6,0361,86217,796
 
     Eastern and Midland91,54583,21979,980-3,239-11,5658,67671,304
      Dublin49,29645,93944,075-1,864-5,2214,49539,580
      Mid-East27,06624,02923,095-934-3,9712,57420,521
      Midland15,18313,25112,810-441-2,3731,60711,203
      Total225,662177,969171,699-6,270-53,96319,041152,658
¹ The composition of the regions is described in the Background Notes
2 From January 2018, registrations which have yet not being assigned to a DSP 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 groupMay 2020April 2021May 2021Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
Managers and administrators6,1444,4914,300-191-1,844914,209
Professional6,3544,3084,120-188-2,2341823,938
Associate professional and technical 4,2363,5353,373-162-8631783,195
Clerical and secretarial6,0164,5714,353-218-1,6633524,001
Craft and related 29,48821,79320,726-1,067-8,7621,26919,457
Personal and protective service10,9477,3036,850-453-4,0975136,337
Sales7,6945,6785,467-211-2,2271,0964,371
Plant and machine operatives22,48017,11316,367-746-6,1131,45614,911
Other occupation19,23915,41314,880-533-4,3591,63713,243
No occupation¹12,36215,72816,012+284+3,6504,10911,903
Total 124,96099,93396,448-3,485-28,51210,88385,565
 
Females
Managers and administrators5,4573,7083,545-163-1,912493,496
Professional8,2235,6175,265-352-2,9581835,082
Associate professional and technical 3,6112,7812,680-101-9311042,576
Clerical and secretarial16,11012,08911,374-715-4,73637910,995
Craft and related 6,1574,2944,041-253-2,1163923,649
Personal and protective service21,56114,12013,350-770-8,2111,17912,171
Sales12,9819,9529,522-430-3,4591,3058,217
Plant and machine operatives9,2226,5316,282-249-2,9406075,675
Other occupation7,3866,0665,836-230-1,5508524,984
No occupation¹9,99412,87813,356+478+3,3623,10810,248
Total100,70278,03675,251-2,785-25,4518,15867,093
 
All Persons
Managers and administrators11,6018,1997,845-354-3,7561407,705
Professional14,5779,9259,385-540-5,1923659,020
Associate professional and technical 7,8476,3166,053-263-1,7942825,771
Clerical and secretarial22,12616,66015,727-933-6,39973114,996
Craft and related 35,64526,08724,767-1,320-10,8781,66123,106
Personal and protective service32,50821,42320,200-1,223-12,3081,69218,508
Sales20,67515,63014,989-641-5,6862,40112,588
Plant and machine operatives31,70223,64422,649-995-9,0532,06320,586
Other occupation26,62521,47920,716-763-5,9092,48918,227
No occupation¹22,35628,60629,368+762+7,0127,21722,151
Total 225,662177,969171,699-6,270-53,96319,041152,658
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
DurationMay 2020April 2021May 2021Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
   Less than one year83,76051,13748,293-2,844-35,4676,62841,665
   One year or more41,20048,79648,155-641+6,9554,25543,900
   Total124,96099,93396,448-3,485-28,51210,88385,565
 
Females
   Less than one year72,03845,70443,246-2,458-28,7925,52737,719
   One year or more28,66432,33232,005-327+3,3412,63129,374
   Total100,70278,03675,251-2,785-25,4518,15867,093
 
All Persons
   Less than one year155,79896,84191,539-5,302-64,25912,15579,384
   One year or more69,86481,12880,160-968+10,2966,88673,274
   Total225,662177,969171,699-6,270-53,96319,041152,658
Table 7 Casual and part-time workers on the Live Register
  MalesMonthly change FemalesMonthly change All PersonsMonthly change
2019May18,502-778 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
 August17,543-372 19,236-435 36,779-807
 September17,408-135 18,703-533 36,111-668
 October17,320-88 18,629-74 35,949-162
 November17,562+242 18,964+335 36,526+577
 December17,754+192 19,062+98 36,816+290
 
2020January17,561-193 18,794-268 36,355-461
 February17,661+100 18,945+151 36,606+251
 March17,689+28 18,918-27 36,607+1
 April17,436-253 18,861-57 36,297-310
 May17,643+207 18,873+12 36,516+219
 June17,630-13 19,026+153 36,656+140
 July17,763+133 19,458+432 37,221+565
 August17,412-351 19,269-189 36,681-540
 September17,305-107 19,557+288 36,862+181
 October19,678+2,373 22,310+2,753 41,988+5,126
 November19,692+14 22,050-260 41,742-246
 December19,304-388 21,454-596 40,758-984
 
2021January19,142-162 20,815-639 39,957-801
 February18,984-158 20,303-512 39,287-670
 March18,498-486 19,811-492 38,309-978
 April17,451-1,047 18,710-1,101 36,161-2,148
 May15,769-1,682 17,030-1,680 32,799-3,362
Table 8 Persons on the Live Register classified by nationality grouping
  Nationality grouping
  Non-Irish nationals     
  United KingdomEU14_2020 excl. IRL 1EU15-EU27_2020 1Other  Non-Irish nationalsIrish nationalsAll Persons
2019May7,4042,39318,0276,232 34,056155,811189,867
 June7,5902,46718,0606,545 34,662162,446197,108
 July7,8202,55418,1266,735 35,235171,161206,396
 August7,6672,49217,7886,696 34,643164,450199,093
 September7,0532,37217,4176,538 33,380150,403183,783
 October6,9582,26516,7855,921 31,929148,530180,459
 November6,9352,31816,8355,837 31,925145,629177,554
 December7,1402,39517,3685,890 32,793149,203181,996
 
2020January7,1552,48817,8736,031 33,547150,208183,755
 February7,1082,46917,8356,050 33,462149,154182,616
 March7,7643,54521,0788,983 41,370163,839205,209
 April8,0813,82722,17410,196 44,278170,463214,741
 May8,3984,40623,14012,483 48,427177,235225,662
 June8,2663,65321,81810,280 44,017176,854220,871
 July9,0544,08924,28911,898 49,330195,232244,562
 August8,4903,70421,40610,980 44,580181,264225,844
 September8,0503,41420,5699,756 41,789169,703211,492
 October7,7913,39620,2658,333 39,785163,387203,172
 November7,4883,18919,2037,494 37,374156,684194,058
 December7,3343,02118,6367,076 36,067153,793189,860
 
2021January7,3522,93318,6887,121 36,094152,449188,543
 February7,3012,86818,4367,071 35,676151,026186,702
 March7,2012,81018,1306,953 35,094148,002183,096
 April7,0202,69917,4756,855 34,049143,920177,969
 May6,7132,53416,6166,597 32,460139,239171,699
1 In light of the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the European Union with effect from 1 February 2020, the EU classification has been updated.
EU14_2020 excl. IRL before February 2020 was formally classified as EU15 excl. IRL & UK.
EU15-EU27_2020 before February 2020 was formally classified as EU15 to EU28 States.
Annex Table A1 - Number of persons availing of Activation Programmes
 April 2020March 2021April 2021
Back to Work Schemes    
Back to Work Enterprise allowance scheme -self employed strand3,5782,4872,422
Short-term Enterprise Allowance1 255156147
Total Back to Work payments 3,8332,6432,569
 
Other Activation Programmes    
DSP Part-time Job Incentive146239243
TUS - Community Work Placement Initiative (2011)5,3204,0184,044
Total Other Activation Programmes5,4664,2574,287
     
Community Employment Schemes (excluding Supervisors)21,09819,31319,371
 
SOLAS (FAS) Full Time Training for Unemployed People25,1895,0955,027
     
Back to Education Courses    
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)32,6822,1522,117
Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)46,6656,3376,242
Total Back to Education Courses59,3478,4898,359
     
Total Activation Programmes244,93339,79739,613
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.
2 April 2020 figures revised.
3 Starting from January 2019, VTOS figures for 2018 and 2019 are being supplied directly from the new SOLAS computer system PLSS. VTOS figures were estimated at 5,000 per month to December 2017.
4 BTEA figures include all schemes but participants from JA & JB are not entitled to BTEA during the summer holidays. In 2020 the majority of BTEA recipients were paid for the summer period.
5 Includes MOMENTUM participants from February 2013.
Annex Table A2 Number of Persons on the Live Register (LR) and in receipt of the PUP or TWSS or EWSS and Total1
Category Live RegisterPandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) 2Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) (2, 3)Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) (2, 4)Total (1, 2)
May 2021Males     
     Under 25 years of age10,88339,629-n/an/a
     25 years of age and over85,565126,161-n/an/a
     Total96,448165,790-n/an/a
 
 Females     
     Under 25 years of age8,15840,612-n/an/a
     25 years of age and over67,093103,113-n/an/a
     Total75,251143,725-n/an/a
 
 All Persons     
     Under 25 years of age19,04180,241-n/an/a
     25 years of age and over152,658229,274-n/an/a
     Total171,699309,515-n/an/a
 
April 2021Males     
     Under 25 years of age11,17145,992-22,15077,303
     25 years of age and over88,762155,311-153,353383,698
     Total99,933201,303-175,548461,046
 
 Females     
     Under 25 years of age8,45449,467-20,98976,920
     25 years of age and over69,582134,447-113,858305,391
     Total78,036183,914-134,858382,322
 
 All Persons     
     Under 25 years of age19,62595,459-43,146154,230
     25 years of age and over158,344289,758-267,231689,109
     Total177,969385,217-311,275844,237
 
May 2020Males     
     Under 25 years of age16,27857,98829,011-98,654
     25 years of age and over108,682239,101248,253-567,462
     Total124,960297,089277,356-666,208
 
 Females     
     Under 25 years of age13,33957,35125,562-90,883
     25 years of age and over87,363190,230163,372-411,679
     Total100,702247,581188,949-502,577
 
 All Persons     
     Under 25 years of age29,617115,33954,573-189,537
     25 years of age and over196,045429,331411,625-979,141
     Total225,662544,670466,552-1,169,032
1 Estimated total number of persons (excluding overlaps) on the Live Register or benefitting from the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme or the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme
2 Subject to revision due to different payment frequencies
3 The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme closed at the end of August 2020.
4 The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme commenced in July 2020
Annex Table A3 - Live Register total classified by Recipient and Non-recipient
  RecipientsNon-RecipientsTotal
2019May171,66418,203189,867
 June175,36621,742197,108
 July184,10122,295206,396
 August180,22118,872199,093
 September164,38819,395183,783
 October159,05621,403180,459
 November159,72417,830177,554
 December168,13713,859181,996
 
2020January164,50719,248183,755
 February164,54718,069182,616
 March167,85437,355205,209
 April159,83154,910214,741
 May163,95661,706225,662
 June169,97650,895220,871
 July181,43863,124244,562
 August181,07944,765225,844
 September172,41939,073211,492
 October166,76636,406203,172
 November166,59127,467194,058
 December168,37221,488189,860
 
2021January164,96023,583188,543
 February165,93020,772186,702
 March163,58719,509183,096
 April160,29817,671177,969
 May156,66615,033171,699

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 (CSO) by the Department of Social Protection (DSP).  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 01 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 DSP 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 DSP 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 PxStat tables.

Source and scope of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is a scheme set up by the Government in response to the loss of income for those whose employment had been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland. It is compiled from returns made to the CSO by the DSP. Payments under the scheme commenced on the week ending 22 March 2020, and will be reported as part the Live Register release while the scheme is in place. 

Source and scope of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) is another scheme set up by the Government in response to the loss of income for those whose employment had been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland. It is compiled from returns made to the CSO by the Revenue Commissioners. Refunds are issued to employers registered under the scheme, who in turn pay their employees. The figures in this release reflect the number of persons receiving a payment under the scheme based on the pay date of the employee and will be reported a weekly as well as a monthly basis. Refunds under the scheme commenced on the week ending 28 March 2020, but might refer to earlier pay dates. Please see PxStat.

Source and scope of the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme

The TWSS was replaced by the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) from 01 September 2020. It is currently expected to continue until 30 June 2021. It is compiled from returns made to the CSO by the Revenue Commissioners.

The EWSS is an economy-wide enterprise support that focuses primarily on business eligibility. The scheme provides a flat-rate subsidy to qualifying employers based on the numbers of eligible employees on the employer’s payroll and gross pay to employees.

The Live Register and COVID-19 Income Supports

The CSO has worked to identify the detail available from the different sources and how the different schemes should be classified for statistical purposes. There is some overlap between those who meet the criteria to be included on the Live Register and those who are benefitting from the COVID-19 income support schemes. These overlaps occur due to the different frequency of the payments, and the fact that some persons who are included on the Live Register may not be receiving a payment and so might be benefitting from either the PUP, the TWSS or the EWSS.

As users will be aware, the Live Register is a series which is available back to 1967 on the CSO’s PxStat tabular data service. The Live Register series is of immense historical value and the CSO is keen to protect the continuity of the series, while also trying to make as much information as possible available to users, charting the labour market effects of COVID-19.

The CSO published an information note on 01 April 2020 for users on the implications of the COVID-19 income support measures on the Live Register and the Monthly Unemployment Estimates releases. That information note is available here: Information Note on Implications of COVID-19 on the Live Register and the Monthly Unemployment Estimates. The information note outlines why those in receipt of the COVID-19 income support payments are not included on the Live Register unless they meet the usual criteria to be included on the Live Register.

The unadjusted number of persons on the Live Register for each month since March 2020 may include a small number of applicants for the PUP who were advised to apply for Jobseekers Benefit if they have a dependant adult and at least one child, or four or more children in the case of no dependant adult.

The COVID-19 income supports were originally set up as short-term emergency income supports but they have been extended several times and there have been changes made in terms of the eligibility criteria and how they are being administered. The PUP and the EWSS are both currently expected to run until at least the end of June 2021.

The CSO has been working with, and will continue to collaborate with, both the DSP and the Revenue Commissioners to meet user needs for availability of detailed aggregates for the recipients of both the PUP and the TWSS/ EWSS respectively. Tables providing breakdowns of the numbers benefitting from the PUP and the TWSS and the numbers of persons on the Live Register for each week since March 2020 by sex, age group, county and nationality grouping are available at the following link: PxStat LRW Tables. This link also contains tables for the corresponding numbers included on the Live Register for each week as well as a total number of persons with overlaps removed who are either on the Live Register for each week or who were benefitting from either the PUP or the TWSS up to 31 August 2020. As part of the April 2021 Live Register release, the CSO began to publish monthly estimates up to the end of March 2021 of the numbers being directly supported by the EWSS. Weekly estimates of the numbers being directly supported by the EWSS will be published by the CSO shortly.

It should be noted that DSP has been paying arrears to recipients of the PUP, to account for the movement of people in and out of employment. The first arrears payment occurred on 01 December 2020. All arrears paid to date are included in the week of the entitlement period, rather than the week of payment.

The DSP have supplied supplementary information on whether PUP recipients were in full-time education when asked to certify their status on the MyWelfare.ie service. While it should be noted that this information is not complete, it is estimated that at least 8.1% of all recipients of PUP since March 2020 were attending full-time education at the time of certification. For those aged 25 years and over this could be as low as 1.3% while it is at least 33.8% for those aged under 25 years. If the PUP scheme did not exist, those persons, being in full-time education, would not be eligible to receive Unemployment Assistance or Unemployment Benefit and so would not be included on the Live Register.

Reference Periods

The reference periods for the Live Register results (and the PUP, the TWSS and EWSS results where applicable) are as follows

May 2021 – 3 May 2021 to 30 May 2021

April 2021 – 29 March to 2 May 2021

March 2021 – 1 March to 28 March 2021

May 2020 - 4 May 2020 to 31 May 2020

From May 2015 (reference period) the reference period for the Live Register 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.

COVID-19 Income Supports - An Analysis of Recipients March 2020 to May 2021

The CSO Frontier Series COVID-19 Income Supports - An Analysis of Recipients March 2020 to May 2021 was published on 20 May 2021. This publication provides an insight into the recipients of the different COVID-19 income supports by demonstrating how the levels of recipients have changed over time and presented the characteristics of the recipients of the different schemes.

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 was published on 06 May 2021.

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. Revisions to the series are typically very minor in scale.

Seasonally adjusting the Live Register series during the Covid-19 crisis period will be challenging until the scale and shape of its impact on the time series is better understood. This initial seasonally adjusted result might be revised for some months ahead as future observations become available. Users should be aware that there is increases uncertainty around the seasonally adjusted figures during this period.

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 DSP 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 DSP 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 DSP 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 PxStat, 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 21 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    Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
  Leitrim   Tipperary   Fingal
  Monaghan       South Dublin
  Sligo        
    South-East Carlow Mid-East Kildare
West Galway   Kilkenny   Meath
  Mayo   Waterford   Wicklow
  Roscommon   Wexford   Louth
           
        Midland Laois
    South-West Cork    Longford
      Kerry   Offaly
          Westmeath

 

Occupations

Live Register occupational data is sourced from information collected by the DSP 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, PxStat, 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 DSP. 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 DSP 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 DSP on the nationality of claimants when they first sign on the Live Register.

For further information or assistance use the contact details below or e-mail labour@cso.ie

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