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Live Register

September 2021

 Live Register TotalSeasonally AdjustedPandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS)Total 1
September 2020211,492214,300217,262355,295741,208
August 2021179,761170,300143,606326,644636,425
September 2021162,898165,000101,470n/an/a
      
Change in month--5,300- 42,136n/an/a
Change in year-48,594--115,792n/an/a
1 Estimated total number of persons (excluding overlaps) on the Live Register or benefitting from the PUP, or the EWSS

Total number of persons on the Live Register or receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment decreased by 18.2% to 264,086 over the month to September 2021

Live Register Seasonally Adjusted
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The unadjusted Live Register total for September 2021 was 162,898 persons; this consisted of 90,223 males (55.4%) and 72,675 females (44.6%). Of those on the Live Register for September 2021, 17,950 or 11.0%, are under 25 years of age, while 144,948 or 89.0%, 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 90,900 and 74,200 representing 55.1% and 45.0% of the seasonally adjusted Live Register total respectively. See Table 2a.

At the end of September 2021, 101,470 of those whose income from employment has been affected due to COVID-19 were being facilitated through the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) which is administered by the Department of Social Protection (DSP). There are currently 115,792 less persons in receipt of the PUP than at the end of September 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 September 2021 consisted of 55,646 males (54.8%) and 45,824 females (45.2%). Breaking this down by age, 10,242 or 10.1%, were under 25 years of age, while 91,228 or 89.9%, were 25 years of age and over. See Table A2 and Infographic.

A total of 264,086 persons were either on the Live Register or were benefitting from the PUP in September 2021. This compares to 323,010 in the month of August 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 636,425 persons were on the Live Register or were benefitting from the PUP or EWSS in August 2021 which is down from 859,062 a year earlier. See Table A2 and PxStat 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 September 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 August 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 August 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 August 2021, 326,644 persons are currently estimated to have been directly supported by the EWSS. There were more persons aged 25 years and over (231,167) than under 25 years (93,738) being supported by the scheme in August 2021, with those age groups representing 71.1% and 28.9% respectively of those whose age was known. There were 157,898 males (48.6%) and 166,831 females (51.4%) being supported by the scheme in August 2021.

Table LRM20 on PxStat includes EWSS estimates for the period July 2020 through to August 2021. The numbers being directly supported by the EWSS for July 2020 (22,491) and August 2020 (80,254) 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 371,819.

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 636,425 in August 2021. There were 78.1% persons aged 25 years and over (495,839) and 21.9% aged under 25 years (138,847) being supported by all these schemes in August 2021. There were more males (51.1% or 323,950) than females (48.9% or 310,560) being supported by the schemes.

Table LRM20 on PxStat also includes the total for all schemes for the period March 2020 through to August 2021. The 636,425 supported by all schemes in August 2021 is the current low point of the series and was down from 859,062 a year earlier. The total for March 2020 (688,179) is the next lowest point of the series, however, it should be noted that March 2020 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 (1,179,265).

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 August 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 August 2021 (468,424) followed by March 2020 (516,229) and highest for April 2020 (1,012,080). In August 2021, those aged under 25 years represented 25.6% while those aged 25 years or more represented 74.4% of the Estimated Number of Persons benefitting from PUP, TWSS or EWSS (for those whose age is known). In August 2021, males represented 50.2% and females represented 49.8% 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 September 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 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 August 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 32,177 persons availing of these programmes in August 2021, which is a decrease of 3,381 persons (-9.5%) from the previous year, when there were 35,558 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
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
June 20219496580316
July 202110450879705
August 20219999179770
September 20218487878020
Under 25 years25 years and over
September 201920342163441
September 202028777182715
September 202117950144948
Broad Occupational GroupSeptember 2019September 2020September 2021
1984399137173
212176131678902
3664076115227
4201672045614720
5305383099322436
6232002588417968
7182051966413654
8279602777620841
9230152526518963
10120393076333014
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
CategorySeptember 2020August 2021September 2021Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims22,15416,15314,998-1,155-7,156
    JA Applications89,23873,31869,843-3,475-19,395
    Other Registrants6,1365,5155,382-133-754
    Total117,52894,98690,223-4,763-27,305
 
Females
    JB Claims23,99724,17616,921-7,255-7,076
    JA Applications55,85647,57743,288-4,289-12,568
    Other Registrants14,11113,02212,466-556-1,645
    Total93,96484,77572,675-12,100-21,289
 
All Persons
    JB Claims46,15140,32931,919-8,410-14,232
    JA Applications145,094120,895113,131-7,764-31,963
    Other Registrants20,24718,53717,848-689-2,399
    Total211,492179,761162,898-16,863-48,594
Table 1(b) Persons under 25 years of age on the Live Register
CategorySeptember 2020August 2021September 2021Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims1,6351,2041,177-27-458
    JA Applications14,2759,7658,883-882-5,392
    Other Registrants503226-6-24
    Total15,96011,00110,086-915-5,874
 
Females
    JB Claims2,1031,8651,324-541-779
    JA Applications10,6667,6076,521-1,086-4,145
    Other Registrants482319-4-29
    Total12,8179,4957,864-1,631-4,953
 
All Persons
    JB Claims3,7383,0692,501-568-1,237
    JA Applications24,94117,37215,404-1,968-9,537
    Other Registrants985545-10-53
    Total28,77720,49617,950-2,546-10,827
Table 1(c) Persons 25 years of age and over on the Live Register
CategorySeptember 2020August 2021September 2021Monthly changeAnnual change
Males
    JB Claims20,51914,94913,821-1,128-6,698
    JA Applications74,96363,55360,960-2,593-14,003
    Other Registrants6,0865,4835,356-127-730
    Total101,56883,98580,137-3,848-21,431
 
Females
    JB Claims21,89422,31115,597-6,714-6,297
    JA Applications45,19039,97036,767-3,203-8,423
    Other Registrants14,06312,99912,447-552-1,616
    Total81,14775,28064,811-10,469-16,336
 
All Persons
    JB Claims42,41337,26029,418-7,842-12,995
    JA Applications120,153103,52397,727-5,796-22,426
    Other Registrants20,14918,48217,803-679-2,346
    Total182,715159,265144,948-14,317-37,767
Table 2(a) Total persons on the Live Register - Unadjusted and Seasonally Adjusted
 Unadjusted SeriesSeasonally Adjusted Series¹
 MonthMalesFemalesAll Persons MalesFemalesAll Persons
2019September103,54880,235183,783104,70082,100186,800
 October100,96179,498180,459104,20082,800187,000
 November100,65976,895177,554104,20082,000186,100
 December102,87879,118181,996104,30081,400185,600
 
2020January104,60579,150183,755103,80081,200185,000
 February103,59679,020182,616102,70080,800183,500
 March113,26891,941205,209112,90095,800208,700
 April119,23295,509214,741119,80096,500216,300
 May124,960100,702225,662125,400103,400228,800
 June121,10899,763220,871119,30095,800215,100
 July132,446112,116244,562128,40097,000225,400
 August122,503103,341225,844118,60095,200213,800
 September117,52893,964211,492118,40095,900214,300
 October112,25390,919203,172115,70094,500210,200
 November108,25885,800194,058112,00092,000204,000
 December106,15283,708189,860107,70086,300194,000
 
2021January106,25982,284188,543105,60084,700190,300
 February105,11481,588186,702104,40083,700188,100
 March103,28379,813183,096103,00083,100186,100
 April99,93378,036177,969100,40078,500178,900
 May96,44875,251171,69997,00077,400174,300
 June96,08179,200175,28194,80076,400171,200
 July96,25187,962184,21393,50075,800169,300
 August94,98684,775179,76192,00078,300170,300
 September90,22372,675162,898 90,90074,200165,000
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
2019September11,9498,39320,34211,7008,40020,000
 October11,1997,71918,91811,7008,30020,000
 November11,0007,36218,36211,9008,30020,200
 December11,1007,36918,46912,1008,30020,400
 
2020January11,7387,85319,59112,1008,30020,400
 February11,6998,03319,73212,0008,20020,300
 March13,07410,32323,39713,30010,60023,900
 April14,28111,31725,59814,60011,60026,200
 May16,27813,33929,61716,20013,50029,600
 June16,34313,23629,57915,40012,10027,500
 July17,84314,82832,67116,30012,50028,800
 August17,10714,25731,36415,30012,20027,500
 September15,96012,81728,77715,50012,80028,300
 October13,85011,02124,87114,50012,00026,400
 November12,98410,23523,21914,00011,70025,700
 December11,9369,06521,00113,10010,30023,400
 
2021January11,9859,03421,01912,5009,60022,100
 February11,8508,91020,76012,3009,10021,400
 March11,6348,66820,30211,8008,90020,700
 April11,1718,45419,62511,4008,60020,000
 May10,8838,15819,04110,8008,30019,100
 June11,0768,85719,93310,4008,10018,500
 July11,0989,61720,71510,1008,00018,100
 August11,0019,49520,4969,8008,10017,900
 September10,0867,86417,950 9,8007,90017,600
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
2019September91,59971,842163,441 93,00073,700166,700
 October89,76271,779161,541 92,50074,500167,000
 November89,65969,533159,192 92,30073,600165,900
 December91,77871,749163,527 92,10073,100165,200
 
2020January92,86771,297164,164 91,70072,900164,600
 February91,89770,987162,884 90,70072,600163,300
 March100,19481,618181,812 99,70085,200184,800
 April104,95184,192189,143 105,30084,900190,200
 May108,68287,363196,045 109,20089,900199,200
 June104,76586,527191,292 103,90083,700187,600
 July114,60397,288211,891 112,10084,500196,600
 August105,39689,084194,480 103,30083,000186,300
 September101,56881,147182,715 102,90083,100186,000
 October98,40379,898178,301 101,30082,500183,800
 November95,27475,565170,839 98,00080,300178,300
 December94,21674,643168,859 94,60076,000170,600
 
2021January94,27473,250167,524 93,10075,100168,200
 February93,26472,678165,942 92,10074,500166,600
 March91,64971,145162,794 91,10074,300165,400
 April88,76269,582158,344 89,00069,900158,900
 May85,56567,093152,658 86,10069,100155,300
 June85,00570,343155,348 84,40068,300152,600
 July85,15378,345163,498 83,40067,800151,200
 August83,98575,280159,265 82,20070,200152,400
 September80,13764,811144,948 81,10066,300147,400
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
2020September22,1544,25217,9026,010 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
 June14,9963,06911,9272,715 19,0165,74313,2732,518 34,0128,81225,2005,233
 July16,3964,89811,4982,919 26,27510,97215,3033,077 42,67115,87026,8015,996
 August16,1533,13013,0232,991 24,1763,58320,5935,272 40,3296,71333,6168,263
 September14,9984,29110,7075,078 16,9214,45812,46311,296 31,9198,74923,17016,374
JA Applications
2020September89,2385,44183,7978,476 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
 June75,4624,20071,2624,793 47,2324,21143,0213,314 122,6948,411114,2838,107
 July74,2674,24770,0205,944 48,4825,02043,4624,256 122,7499,267113,48210,200
 August73,3183,38469,9344,675 47,5772,75744,8203,968 120,8956,141114,7548,643
 September69,8434,37165,4728,161 43,2883,48439,8048,077 113,1317,855105,27616,238
Other Registrants
2020September6,136816,055263 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
 June5,623645,559192 12,95218212,770355 18,57524618,329547
 July5,5881445,444255 13,20553212,673430 18,79367618,117685
 August5,515715,444184 13,02215112,871438 18,53722218,315622
 September5,3821045,278293 12,46616412,302830 17,84826817,5801,123
All Schemes
2020September117,5289,774107,75414,749 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
 June96,0817,33388,7487,700 79,20010,13669,0646,187 175,28117,469157,81213,887
 July96,2519,28986,9629,118 87,96216,52471,4387,763 184,21325,813158,40016,881
 August94,9866,58588,4017,850 84,7756,49178,2849,678 179,76113,076166,68517,528
 September90,2238,76681,45713,532 72,6758,10664,56920,203 162,89816,872146,02633,735
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 Regions¹September 2020August 2021September 2021Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
      Northern and Western21,27717,66216,765-897-4,5121,65215,113
      Border11,1819,3108,864-446-2,3178837,981
      West10,0968,3527,901-451-2,1957697,132
 
      Southern 37,04730,69429,334-1,360-7,7133,12626,208
      Mid-West11,8279,8129,261-551-2,5661,0678,194
      South-East12,55710,2279,753-474-2,8041,1378,616
      South-West12,66310,65510,320-335-2,3439229,398
 
     Eastern and Midland52,09743,67542,082-1,593-10,0154,73137,351
      Dublin29,41924,87224,145-727-5,2742,65821,487
      Mid-East14,43011,98011,442-538-2,9881,28910,153
      Midland8,2486,8236,495-328-1,7537845,711
      Total117,52894,98690,223-4,763-27,30510,08680,137
 
Females
      Northern and Western17,72416,14613,990-2,156-3,7341,41312,577
      Border9,0338,2227,230-992-1,8037626,468
      West8,6917,9246,760-1,164-1,9316516,109
 
      Southern 29,25627,62123,496-4,125-5,7602,46421,032
      Mid-West8,7228,3097,028-1,281-1,6948646,164
      South-East10,0269,0777,787-1,290-2,2398306,957
      South-West10,50810,2358,681-1,554-1,8277707,911
 
     Eastern and Midland40,41937,74633,239-4,507-7,1803,48029,759
      Dublin21,20519,90817,721-2,187-3,4841,79915,922
      Mid-East12,36011,4979,992-1,505-2,3681,0058,987
      Midland6,8546,3415,526-815-1,3286764,850
      Total93,96484,77572,675-12,100-21,2897,86464,811
 
All Persons
      Northern and Western39,00133,80830,755-3,053-8,2463,06527,690
      Border20,21417,53216,094-1,438-4,1201,64514,449
      West18,78716,27614,661-1,615-4,1261,42013,241
 
      Southern 66,30358,31552,830-5,485-13,4735,59047,240
      Mid-West20,54918,12116,289-1,832-4,2601,93114,358
      South-East22,58319,30417,540-1,764-5,0431,96715,573
      South-West23,17120,89019,001-1,889-4,1701,69217,309
 
     Eastern and Midland92,51681,42175,321-6,100-17,1958,21167,110
      Dublin50,62444,78041,866-2,914-8,7584,45737,409
      Mid-East26,79023,47721,434-2,043-5,3562,29419,140
      Midland15,10213,16412,021-1,143-3,0811,46010,561
      Total2211,492179,761162,898-16,863-48,59417,950144,948
1The composition of the regions is described in the Background Notes
2 From January 2018, registrations which have not yet been 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 groupSeptember 2020August 2021September 2021Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
Managers and administrators5,3163,9953,875-120-1,441893,786
Professional5,8024,3083,731-577-2,0711513,580
Associate professional and technical 4,1783,0452,827-218-1,3511462,681
Clerical and secretarial5,6185,0973,946-1,151-1,6722743,672
Craft and related 25,62819,28018,790-490-6,8381,13417,656
Personal and protective service8,6085,9895,845-144-2,7634125,433
Sales7,3245,1724,878-294-2,4469003,978
Plant and machine operatives20,01515,39514,876-519-5,1391,21213,664
Other occupation18,00113,98013,579-401-4,4221,40412,175
No occupation¹17,03818,72517,876-849+8384,36413,512
Total 117,52894,98690,223-4,763-27,30510,08680,137
 
Females
Managers and administrators4,5973,3073,298-9-1,299543,244
Professional7,3657,3075,171-2,136-2,1941924,979
Associate professional and technical 3,4332,5222,400-122-1,033922,308
Clerical and secretarial14,83816,27510,774-5,501-4,06435310,421
Craft and related 5,3653,7823,646-136-1,7193583,288
Personal and protective service17,27613,44412,123-1,321-5,1531,01511,108
Sales12,3409,0858,776-309-3,5641,1147,662
Plant and machine operatives7,7616,1585,965-193-1,7964985,467
Other occupation7,2645,6165,384-232-1,8807214,663
No occupation¹13,72517,27915,138-2,141+1,4133,46711,671
Total93,96484,77572,675-12,100-21,2897,86464,811
 
All Persons
Managers and administrators9,9137,3027,173-129-2,7401437,030
Professional13,16711,6158,902-2,713-4,2653438,559
Associate professional and technical 7,6115,5675,227-340-2,3842384,989
Clerical and secretarial20,45621,37214,720-6,652-5,73662714,093
Craft and related 30,99323,06222,436-626-8,5571,49220,944
Personal and protective service25,88419,43317,968-1,465-7,9161,42716,541
Sales19,66414,25713,654-603-6,0102,01411,640
Plant and machine operatives27,77621,55320,841-712-6,9351,71019,131
Other occupation25,26519,59618,963-633-6,3022,12516,838
No occupation¹30,76336,00433,014-2,990+2,2517,83125,183
Total 211,492179,761162,898-16,863-48,59417,950144,948
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 2020August 2021September 2021Monthly changeAnnual changeUnder 25 years25 years & over
Males
   Less than one year72,55547,48843,650-3,838-28,9056,15937,491
   One year or more44,97347,49846,573-925+1,6003,92742,646
   Total117,52894,98690,223-4,763-27,30510,08680,137
 
Females
   Less than one year63,04152,50341,228-11,275-21,8135,31435,914
   One year or more30,92332,27231,447-825+5242,55028,897
   Total93,96484,77572,675-12,100-21,2897,86464,811
 
All Persons
   Less than one year135,59699,99184,878-15,113-50,71811,47373,405
   One year or more75,89679,77078,020-1,750+2,1246,47771,543
   Total211,492179,761162,898-16,863-48,59417,950144,948
Table 7 Casual and part-time workers on the Live Register
  MalesMonthly change FemalesMonthly change All PersonsMonthly change
        
2019September17,408-135 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
 June15,070-699 16,807-223 31,877-922
 July14,053-1,017 15,884-923 29,937-1,940
 August13,158-895 15,039-845 28,197-1,740
 September12,657-501 14,512-527 27,169-1,028
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
2019September7,0532,37217,4176,538 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
 June6,8152,53116,3706,781 32,497142,784175,281
 July6,9632,48816,5056,872 32,828151,385184,213
 August6,7712,42716,1926,829 32,219147,542179,761
 September6,2442,22615,4056,523 30,398132,500162,898
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
 August 2020July 2021August 2021
Back to Work Schemes    
Back to Work Enterprise allowance scheme -self employed strand2,9932,3812,377
Short-term Enterprise Allowance1 184191217
Total Back to Work payments 3,1772,5722,594
 
Other Activation Programmes    
DSP Part-time Job Incentive111240240
TÚS - Community Work Placement Initiative (2011)4,2834,7684,906
Work Placement Experience Programme20227
Total Other Activation Programmes4,3945,0105,173
     
Community Employment Schemes (excluding Supervisors)19,70519,19619,107
 
SOLAS (FÁS) Full Time Training for Unemployed People4,7243,8632,597
     
Back to Education Courses    
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)3750540535
Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)42,8082,4762,171
Total Back to Education Courses53,5583,0162,706
     
Total Activation Programmes35,55833,65732,177
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.
2This scheme was introduced in July 2021. The Work Placement Experience Programme (WPEP) is a 6-month, 30 hour per week voluntary work experience programme. 
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 and 2021 some 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 EWSS and Total1
Category Live RegisterPandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) 2Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) (2, 3)Total (1, 2)
September 2021Males    
     Under 25 years of age10,0865,966n/an/a
     25 years of age and over80,13749,680n/an/a
     Total90,22355,646n/an/a
 
 Females   
     Under 25 years of age7,8644,276n/an/a
     25 years of age and over64,81141,548n/an/a
     Total72,67545,824n/an/a
 
 All Persons    
     Under 25 years of age17,95010,242n/an/a
     25 years of age and over144,94891,228n/an/a
     Total162,898101,470n/an/a
 
August 2021Males    
     Under 25 years of age11,00114,24339,30463,861
     25 years of age and over83,98562,824118,565260,060
     Total94,98677,067157,898323,950
 
 Females   
     Under 25 years of age9,49512,03954,35374,905
     25 years of age and over75,28054,500112,469235,646
     Total84,77566,539166,831310,560
 
 All Persons    
     Under 25 years of age20,49626,28293,738138,847
     25 years of age and over159,265117,324231,167495,839
     Total179,761143,606326,644636,425
 
September 2020Males    
     Under 25 years of age15,96024,86131,50168,459
     25 years of age and over101,56893,018151,473328,431
     Total117,528117,879183,015396,931
 
 Females    
     Under 25 years of age12,81722,66738,96469,733
     25 years of age and over81,14776,716132,043273,271
     Total93,96499,383171,017343,014
 
 All Persons    
     Under 25 years of age28,77747,52870,561138,288
     25 years of age and over182,715169,734283,750601,936
     Total211,492217,262355,295741,208
1 Estimated total number of persons (excluding overlaps) on the Live Register or benefitting from the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, or the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme
2 Subject to revision due to different payment frequencies
3 The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme commenced in July 2020
Annex Table A3 - Live Register total classified by Recipient and Non-recipient
  RecipientsNon-RecipientsTotal
2019September164,38819,395183,783
 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
June156,17219,109175,281
 July164,16120,052184,213
 August162,86316,898179,761
 September 148,69614,202162,898

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 of the Live Register release while the scheme is in place. The PUP was closed to new applicants from 8 July 2021. Under the Economic Recovery Plan, there will also be a gradual reduction in rates from 7 September 2021.

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. The Revenue Commissioners operated the TWSS from 26 March 2020 to 31 August 2020. It was compiled from returns made to the CSO by the Revenue Commissioners. Refunds were issued to employers registered under the scheme, who in turn paid 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 were reported on a weekly as well as a monthly basis. Refunds under the scheme commenced on the week ending 28 March 2020, but might have referred 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 31 December 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 was closed to new applicants from 8 July 2021. The EWSS is currently expected to continue until the end of December 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, the TWSS (while in operation), the EWSS (from date of commencement) 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 are also published by the CSO at the link above.

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. Students who claimed the PUP, or were in receipt of the PUP and intending to start college in the 2021/2022 academic year, received their final payment on 7 September 2021. 

Reference Periods

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

September 2021 – 30 August 2021 - 3 October 2021

August 2021 – 2 August 2021 - 29 August 2021

July 2021 – 28 June 2021 - 1 August 2021

September 2020 - 31 August to 27 September 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 presents 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 05 August 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 seasonally adjusted series from January 2010 are subject to update on a monthly basis. 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 increased 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 not yet been 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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