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Live Register

September 2018

 Live Register TotalSeasonally Adjusted
September 2017244,319250,900
August 2018225,158211,000
September 2018205,730212,600
   
Change in month- +1,600
Change in year- 38,589-

Seasonally adjusted Live Register total increases by 1,600 in September

Live Register seasonally adjusted
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On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly increase of 1,600 (+0.8%) in September 2018, bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 212,600. See table 2(a).

In unadjusted terms there were 205,730 persons signing on the Live Register in September 2018. This represents an annual decrease of 38,589 (-15.8%). See table 1(a).

Other features include:

  • On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly increase of 300 (+0.3%) males in September 2018, while females increased by 1,300 (+1.4%) over the same period. See table 2(a).
  • The number of male claimants decreased by 24,230 (-17.3%) to 115,890 in the year to September 2018, while female claimants decreased by 14,359 (-13.8%) to 89,840. This compares with a decrease of 26,402 (-15.9%) to 140,120 for males, while female claimants decreased by 15,382 (-12.9%) to 104,199 in the year to September 2017. 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
September 2016155532130571
October 2016151993124816
November 2016151452121708
December 2016156651119851
January 2017157629119263
February 2017158045117048
March 2017153245113957
April 2017151610111807
May 2017148930113772
June 2017153521115205
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

Live Register duration of continuous registration

The number of long term claimants on the Live Register in September 2018 was 86,406. The number of male long term claimants decreased by 12,388 (-19.5%) in the year to September 2018, while females decreased by 6,545 (-15.7%), giving an overall annual decrease of 18,933 (-18.0%) in the number of long term claimants. See table 6 and figure 2.

In September 2018, 58.0% (119,324) of all claimants on the Live Register were short term claimants.  The comparable figure for September 2017 was 56.9% (138,980). The annual fall of 19,656 (-14.1%) in the number of short term claimants consisted of a decrease of 11,842 (-15.5%) in the number of male short term claimants and a decrease of 7,814 (-12.5%) in female short term claimants. See table 6.

Live Register casual and part-time workers

There were 42,124 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in September 2018, which represents 20.5% of the total Live Register.  This compares with 21.3% one year earlier when there were 51,992 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register.  In the year to September 2018 the number of casual and part-time workers decreased by 9,868 (-19.0%), with the number of males decreasing by 5,952 (-22.3%) and the number of females decreasing by 3,916 (-15.5%). See table 7.

Under 25 years25 years and over
September 201634515251588
September 201728471215848
September 201822670183060

Live Register age groups

In the year to September 2018 the number of persons aged 25 and over on the Live Register decreased by 32,788 (-15.2%), and the number of persons aged under 25 decreased by 5,801 (-20.4%).  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 11.0% for September 2018, down from 11.7% in September 2017 and 12.1% in September 2016. See tables 1(b) and 1(c) and figure 3.

Live Register new registrants

There were 15,068 new registrants on the Live Register in September 2018, consisting of 8,992 Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) claims, 5,655 Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) claims and 421 “Other Registrants”. Males accounted for 54.4% (8,197) and females accounted for 45.6% (6,871) and of all new registrants. JA claims represented 59.7% of all new registrations, while JB claims and “Other Registrants” represented 37.5% and 2.8% respectively.  See table 3.

Live Register last occupation held

Craft and related (16.8%) remained the largest occupational group1 on the Live Register in September. The number in the group fell over the year by 8,294 to 34,521 and had the largest annual percentage decrease (-19.4%). The Sales group was the second largest annual percentage decrease (-17.9%).

The two smallest occupational groups in September were the Associate professional and technical and the Managers and administrators groups which accounted for 3.5% and 5.1% of the Live Register respectively. See table 5 and figure 4.

 

 

Broad Occupational GroupSeptember 2016September 2017September 2018
1133771164010523
2173141511013061
3883880437144
4290202550422375
5516744281534521
6363443121926393
7311742628021586
8450413780031481
9345433012125521
10187781578713125
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 33,821 (-18.6%) brought the total number of JA claimants to 147,892 in September 2018, while JB claimants decreased to 32,258 (-6.3%) over the same period.  As a result, JA claimants account for 71.9% of all persons on the Live Register in September 2018 compared with 74.4% 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 Midland region (-17.7%) followed by the South-West region (-17.3%). See table 4.
  • In September, Irish nationals accounted for 82.6% (169,925) of the number of persons on the Live Register. Of the 35,805 non-Irish nationals, the largest constituent group on the Live Register was nationals from the EU15 to EU28 States (18,910), followed by the UK (7,965). See table 8.

Annex - Activation Programmes

Data up to the end of August 2018 on the number of people 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 – Number of persons availing of Activation Programmes table.

There were 48,339 people availing of these programmes in August 2018, which is a decrease of 2,726 persons (-5.3%) from the previous year, when there were 51,065 people 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
CategorySeptember 2017August 2018September 2018Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims16,15716,51915,089-1,430-1,068
    JA Applications114,67198,42692,612-5,814-22,059
    Other Registrants9,2928,4098,189-220-1,103
    Total140,120123,354115,890-7,464-24,230
 
Females
    JB Claims18,26222,97717,169-5,808-1,093
    JA Applications67,04260,70755,280-5,427-11,762
    Other Registrants18,89518,12017,391-729-1,504
    Total104,199101,80489,840-11,964-14,359
 
All Persons
    JB Claims34,41939,49632,258-7,238-2,161
    JA Applications181,713159,133147,892-11,241-33,821
    Other Registrants28,18726,52925,580-949-2,607
    Total244,319225,158205,730-19,428-38,589
Table 1(b) Persons under 25 years of age on the Live Register
CategorySeptember 2017August 2018September 2018Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims1,0801,1591,049-110-31
    JA Applications15,28613,36112,168-1,193-3,118
    Other Registrants706358-5-12
    Total16,43614,58313,275-1,308-3,161
 
Females
    JB Claims9901,195904-291-86
    JA Applications10,9739,7818,429-1,352-2,544
    Other Registrants727462-12-10
    Total12,03511,0509,395-1,655-2,640
 
All Persons
    JB Claims2,0702,3541,953-401-117
    JA Applications26,25923,14220,597-2,545-5,662
    Other Registrants142137120-17-22
    Total28,47125,63322,670-2,963-5,801
Table 1(c) Persons 25 years of age and over on the Live Register
CategorySeptember 2017August 2018September 2018Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims15,07715,36014,040-1,320-1,037
    JA Applications99,38585,06580,444-4,621-18,941
    Other Registrants9,2228,3468,131-215-1,091
    Total123,684108,771102,615-6,156-21,069
 
Females
    JB Claims17,27221,78216,265-5,517-1,007
    JA Applications56,06950,92646,851-4,075-9,218
    Other Registrants18,82318,04617,329-717-1,494
    Total92,16490,75480,445-10,309-11,719
 
All Persons
    JB Claims32,34937,14230,305-6,837-2,044
    JA Applications155,454135,991127,295-8,696-28,159
    Other Registrants28,04526,39225,460-932-2,585
    Total215,848199,525183,060-16,465-32,788
Table 2(a) Total persons on the Live Register - Unadjusted and Seasonally Adjusted
 Unadjusted SeriesSeasonally Adjusted Series¹
 MonthMalesFemalesAll Persons MalesFemalesAll Persons
2016September166,522119,581286,103169,900122,300292,200
 October161,307115,502276,809168,100121,100289,100
 November158,996114,164273,160165,500120,500286,000
 December160,588115,914276,502162,900119,200282,200
 
2017January161,365115,527276,892160,000117,900277,900
 February159,748115,345275,093157,600117,000274,600
 March155,716111,486267,202155,100114,900270,000
 April152,653110,764263,417153,000113,200266,200
 May152,460110,242262,702151,200112,400263,600
 June152,665116,061268,726149,000110,800259,800
 July151,513122,872274,385147,000109,600256,600
 August148,265115,991264,256143,600105,200248,800
 September140,120104,199244,319143,700107,200250,900
 October135,968100,524236,492142,400106,100248,500
 November133,95999,250233,209139,800105,100244,900
 December135,329100,939236,268137,300104,000241,200
 
2018January136,735100,651237,386135,200102,800238,000
 February135,333100,011235,344133,000101,500234,500
 March132,58199,785232,366131,200100,700231,900
 April128,34995,253223,602129,00099,600228,600
 May127,69995,803223,502126,50097,900224,400
 June126,981101,084228,065123,80096,200220,000
 July126,252108,193234,445122,20095,400217,600
 August123,354101,804225,158119,30091,700211,000
 September115,89089,840205,730 119,60093,000212,600
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
2016September19,99814,51734,51519,90014,20034,200
 October18,80613,40232,20819,70014,20033,900
 November18,06012,75230,81219,40014,00033,400
 December17,89012,39530,28519,00013,70032,800
 
2017January18,46012,93631,39618,70013,60032,300
 February18,39813,07831,47618,40013,40031,800
 March18,11012,73930,84918,20013,30031,600
 April17,34012,38529,72517,70013,00030,700
 May17,59612,65730,25317,40012,70030,100
 June18,02313,70931,73217,10012,60029,700
 July17,94914,28832,23716,80012,40029,200
 August17,87013,81331,68316,60012,00028,600
 September16,43612,03528,47116,40011,90028,200
 October15,40411,02926,43316,20011,70027,900
 November14,61510,33624,95115,70011,30027,100
 December14,51110,16424,67515,50011,30026,700
 
2018January15,14910,47525,62415,30011,00026,400
 February15,14310,50425,64715,10010,80025,900
 March14,80610,23225,03814,90010,60025,400
 April14,3379,78424,12114,60010,40025,000
 May14,48910,14624,63514,30010,20024,500
 June14,65810,79025,44813,9009,90023,800
 July14,61911,36925,98813,7009,80023,500
 August14,58311,05025,63313,5009,60023,100
 September13,2759,39522,670 13,3009,30022,500
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
2016September146,524105,064251,588 150,000108,100258,100
 October142,501102,100244,601 148,300106,900255,300
 November140,936101,412242,348 146,000106,500252,500
 December142,698103,519246,217 143,900105,500249,400
 
2017January142,905102,591245,496 141,300104,300245,600
 February141,350102,267243,617 139,200103,500242,700
 March137,60698,747236,353 136,900101,600238,500
 April135,31398,379233,692 135,300100,200235,500
 May134,86497,585232,449 133,80099,700233,500
 June134,642102,352236,994 131,90098,200230,200
 July133,564108,584242,148 130,20097,200227,400
 August130,395102,178232,573 127,00093,200220,300
 September123,68492,164215,848 127,30095,400222,600
 October120,56489,495210,059 126,20094,400220,700
 November119,34488,914208,258 124,10093,700217,800
 December120,81890,775211,593 121,80092,700214,500
 
2018January121,58690,176211,762 119,90091,800211,700
 February120,19089,507209,697 117,90090,700208,600
 March117,77589,553207,328 116,40090,100206,500
 April114,01285,469199,481 114,40089,300203,600
 May113,21085,657198,867 112,20087,700199,900
 June112,32390,294202,617 109,90086,300196,200
 July111,63396,824208,457 108,50085,600194,100
 August108,77190,754199,525 105,80082,100187,900
 September102,61580,445183,060 106,30083,700190,000
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
2017September16,1572,98913,1683,752 18,2623,03315,2297,776 34,4196,02228,39711,528
 October16,0283,22512,8032,898 17,6093,07914,5303,182 33,6376,30427,3336,080
 November16,6554,24712,4083,079 18,1694,07414,0952,951 34,8248,32126,5036,030
 December17,9463,37814,5681,629 19,8873,82216,0651,677 37,8337,20030,6333,306
 
2018January19,2904,54014,7502,845 20,0624,24215,8203,858 39,3528,78230,5706,703
 February19,2003,77615,4243,404 20,2783,51216,7662,904 39,4787,28832,1906,308
 March18,8683,97314,8953,736 20,9734,75516,2183,519 39,8418,72831,1137,255
 April17,6813,22814,4533,924 18,3512,81715,5344,963 36,0326,04529,9878,887
 May16,9723,59113,3813,771 18,0753,71014,3653,423 35,0477,30127,7467,194
 June16,9493,20213,7472,796 21,5496,37815,1712,407 38,4989,58028,9185,203
 July17,5013,74313,7582,690 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
JA Applications
2017September114,6716,295108,37613,403 67,0424,11062,93210,332 181,71310,405171,30823,735
 October110,7446,184104,56010,497 64,1803,86660,3147,109 174,92410,050164,87417,606
 November108,1637,162101,00110,208 62,4854,29958,1866,382 170,64811,461159,18716,590
 December108,2734,584103,6894,886 62,4532,87759,5763,216 170,7267,461163,2658,102
 
2018January108,4585,919102,5396,107 62,1763,72558,4514,184 170,6349,644160,99010,291
 February107,1365,946101,1907,660 61,4193,55157,8684,588 168,5559,497159,05812,248
 March104,8265,56899,2588,370 60,5833,74956,8344,972 165,4099,317156,09213,342
 April101,8874,70597,1828,073 58,9612,98555,9764,942 160,8487,690153,15813,015
 May102,1069,06793,0399,329 59,9866,15853,8285,526 162,09215,225146,86714,855
 June101,5166,67494,8427,635 61,5335,52556,0084,295 163,04912,199150,85011,930
 July100,2325,38394,8497,102 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
Other Registrants
2017September9,2922039,089482 18,89538118,5141,203 28,18758427,6031,685
 October9,1962238,973386 18,73538518,350717 27,93160827,3231,103
 November9,1412788,863408 18,59642618,170741 27,73770427,0331,149
 December9,1102158,895292 18,59941718,182534 27,70963227,077826
 
2018January8,9872278,760330 18,41343917,974650 27,40066626,734980
 February8,9972158,782277 18,31435917,955568 27,31157426,737845
 March8,8871908,697375 18,22943317,796674 27,11662326,4931,049
 April8,7811578,624326 17,94125217,689680 26,72240926,3131,006
 May8,6211938,428399 17,74240217,340773 26,36359525,7681,172
 June8,5161588,358320 18,00257917,423500 26,51873725,781820
 July8,5192248,295287 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
All Schemes
2017September140,1209,487130,63317,637 104,1997,52496,67519,311 244,31917,011227,30836,948
 October135,9689,632126,33613,781 100,5247,33093,19411,008 236,49216,962219,53024,789
 November133,95911,687122,27213,695 99,2508,79990,45110,074 233,20920,486212,72323,769
 December135,3298,177127,1526,807 100,9397,11693,8235,427 236,26815,293220,97512,234
 
2018January136,73510,686126,0499,282 100,6518,40692,2458,692 237,38619,092218,29417,974
 February135,3339,937125,39611,341 100,0117,42292,5898,060 235,34417,359217,98519,401
 March132,5819,731122,85012,481 99,7858,93790,8489,165 232,36618,668213,69821,646
 April128,3498,090120,25912,323 95,2536,05489,19910,585 223,60214,144209,45822,908
 May127,69912,851114,84813,499 95,80310,27085,5339,722 223,50223,121200,38123,221
 June126,98110,034116,94710,751 101,08412,48288,6027,202 228,06522,516205,54917,953
 July126,2529,350116,90210,079 108,19314,17094,0237,061 234,44523,520210,92517,140
 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
Table 4 Persons on the Live Register classified by region
NUTS2 and NUTS3 Regions¹September 2017August 2018September 2018Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
      Northern and Western27,02324,32122,783-1,538-4,2402,43720,346
      Border14,13212,64911,839-810-2,2931,42410,415
      West12,89111,67210,944-728-1,9471,0139,931
 
      Southern 47,61842,00739,281-2,726-8,3374,59634,685
      Mid-West14,76313,22312,436-787-2,3271,59110,845
      South-East15,60313,96613,003-963-2,6001,65211,351
      South-West17,25214,81813,842-976-3,4101,35312,489
 
     Eastern and Midland65,47956,94253,738-3,204-11,7416,21347,525
      Dublin36,48031,71130,153-1,558-6,3273,28626,867
      Mid-East18,12415,85714,765-1,092-3,3591,77012,995
      Midland10,8759,3748,820-554-2,0551,1577,663
      Total140,120123,354115,890-7,464-24,23013,275102,615
 
Females
      Northern and Western21,21921,20618,712-2,494-2,5071,96016,752
      Border11,09910,8589,717-1,141-1,3821,1448,573
      West10,12010,3488,995-1,353-1,1258168,179
 
      Southern 35,11434,77130,547-4,224-4,5673,33527,212
      Mid-West10,74010,5469,198-1,348-1,5421,1468,052
      South-East11,63711,59710,393-1,204-1,2441,1639,230
      South-West12,73712,62810,956-1,672-1,7811,0269,930
 
     Eastern and Midland47,86645,75540,498-5,257-7,3684,08136,417
      Dublin24,45223,18620,696-2,490-3,7561,89518,801
      Mid-East14,48914,03612,320-1,716-2,1691,20711,113
      Midland8,9258,5337,482-1,051-1,4439796,503
      Total104,199101,80489,840-11,964-14,3599,39580,445
 
All Persons
      Northern and Western48,24245,52741,495-4,032-6,7474,39737,098
      Border25,23123,50721,556-1,951-3,6752,56818,988
      West23,01122,02019,939-2,081-3,0721,82918,110
 
      Southern 82,73276,77869,828-6,950-12,9047,93161,897
      Mid-West25,50323,76921,634-2,135-3,8692,73718,897
      South-East27,24025,56323,396-2,167-3,8442,81520,581
      South-West29,98927,44624,798-2,648-5,1912,37922,419
 
     Eastern and Midland113,345102,69794,236-8,461-19,10910,29483,942
      Dublin60,93254,89750,849-4,048-10,0835,18145,668
      Mid-East32,61329,89327,085-2,808-5,5282,97724,108
      Midland19,80017,90716,302-1,605-3,4982,13614,166
      Total2244,319225,158205,730-19,428-38,58922,670183,060
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 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 groupSeptember 2017August 2018September 2018Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
Managers and administrators6,5236,0225,829-193-6941345,695
Professional6,7186,2845,615-669-1,1032895,326
Associate professional and technical 4,4564,1793,910-269-5463083,602
Clerical and secretarial6,6976,7445,830-914-8675825,248
Craft and related 36,97530,62029,218-1,402-7,7572,16227,056
Personal and protective service10,1039,0698,577-492-1,5267997,778
Sales9,7498,6117,957-654-1,7921,7076,250
Plant and machine operatives27,37623,85222,602-1,250-4,7742,48620,116
Other occupation22,14819,63218,588-1,044-3,5602,53316,055
No occupation¹9,3758,3417,764-577-1,6112,2755,489
Total 140,120123,354115,890-7,464-24,23013,275102,615
 
Females
Managers and administrators5,1174,8874,694-193-423764,618
Professional8,3929,3657,446-1,919-9463087,138
Associate professional and technical 3,5873,4093,234-175-3531723,062
Clerical and secretarial18,80721,43316,545-4,888-2,26260115,944
Craft and related 5,8405,6465,303-343-5376364,667
Personal and protective service21,11619,62017,816-1,804-3,3001,91115,905
Sales16,53114,72713,629-1,098-2,9022,05211,577
Plant and machine operatives10,4249,5198,879-640-1,5459747,905
Other occupation7,9737,3696,933-436-1,0401,2165,717
No occupation¹6,4125,8295,361-468-1,0511,4493,912
Total104,199101,80489,840-11,964-14,3599,39580,445
 
All Persons
Managers and administrators11,64010,90910,523-386-1,11721010,313
Professional15,11015,64913,061-2,588-2,04959712,464
Associate professional and technical 8,0437,5887,144-444-8994806,664
Clerical and secretarial25,50428,17722,375-5,802-3,1291,18321,192
Craft and related 42,81536,26634,521-1,745-8,2942,79831,723
Personal and protective service31,21928,68926,393-2,296-4,8262,71023,683
Sales26,28023,33821,586-1,752-4,6943,75917,827
Plant and machine operatives37,80033,37131,481-1,890-6,3193,46028,021
Other occupation30,12127,00125,521-1,480-4,6003,74921,772
No occupation¹15,78714,17013,125-1,045-2,6623,7249,401
Total 244,319225,158205,730-19,428-38,58922,670183,060
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
DurationSeptember 2017August 2018September 2018Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
   Less than one year76,53669,01564,694-4,321-11,8429,65955,035
   One year or more63,58454,33951,196-3,143-12,3883,61647,580
   Total140,120123,354115,890-7,464-24,23013,275102,615
 
Females
   Less than one year62,44464,17454,630-9,544-7,8147,01547,615
   One year or more41,75537,63035,210-2,420-6,5452,38032,830
   Total104,199101,80489,840-11,964-14,3599,39580,445
 
All Persons
   Less than one year138,980133,189119,324-13,865-19,65616,674102,650
   One year or more105,33991,96986,406-5,563-18,9335,99680,410
   Total244,319225,158205,730-19,428-38,58922,670183,060
Table 7 Casual and part-time workers on the Live Register
  MalesMonthly change FemalesMonthly change All PersonsMonthly change
2016September31,263-896 28,322-865 59,585-1,761
 October31,100-163 28,288-34 59,388-197
 November31,108+08 28,535+247 59,643+255
 December31,156+48 28,752+217 59,908+265
 
2017January30,890-266 28,590-162 59,480-428
 February31,061+171 28,835+245 59,896+416
 March30,641-420 28,619-216 59,260-636
 April29,949-692 28,147-472 58,096-1,164
 May29,417-532 27,549-598 56,966-1,130
 June29,092-325 27,245-304 56,337-629
 July28,426-666 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
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
2016September10,8163,07226,6477,769 48,304237,799286,103
 October10,5353,03726,1617,289 47,022229,787276,809
 November10,4873,14626,1637,150 46,946226,214273,160
 December10,6083,21326,8797,158 47,858228,644276,502
 
2017January10,6143,23427,5187,186 48,552228,340276,892
 February10,5243,21927,3697,218 48,330226,763275,093
 March10,2293,06526,4877,197 46,978220,224267,202
 April10,0542,92325,7937,140 45,910217,507263,417
 May10,0552,88925,1847,447 45,575217,127262,702
 June10,2592,94124,9217,899 46,020222,706268,726
 July10,3342,99224,7427,971 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
Annex Table A1 - Number of persons availing of Activation Programmes
 August 2017July 2018August 2018
Back to Work Schemes
Back to Work Enterprise allowance scheme -self employed strand10,3717,8297,617
Short-term Enterprise Allowance1 444376359
Total Back to Work payments 10,8158,2057,976
 
Other Activation Programmes
DSP Part-time Job Incentive388301291
TUS - Community Work Placement Initiative (2011) 6,7906,4146,495
JobBridge (2011)217600
Gateway (2013)313886
Total Other Activation Programmes7,4926,7236,792
     
Community Employment Schemes (excluding Supervisors)21,95621,46521,414
 
FAS (Solas) Full Time Training for Unemployed People44,2405,9955,995
     
Back to Education Courses
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)5N/AN/AN/A
Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)61,5621,1141,162
Total Back to Education Courses 6,5626,1146,162
     
Total Activation Programmes51,06548,50248,339
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 This scheme was closed to new applications from 21 October 2016.
3 Gateway Scheme included from December 2013.
4 July and August 2018 figures as at December 2017 as data for 2018 unavailable.
5 VTOS figures are estimated at 5,000 per month.
6 BTEA 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:

September 2018 – 2nd September to 29th September 2018

September 2017 – 3rd September to 30th September 2017

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 referenced 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.

For further information or assistance use the contact details on the front page of the release or e-mail labour@cso.ie

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