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Live Register

January 2020

 Live Register TotalSeasonally Adjusted
January 2019199,627199,900
December 2019181,996185,200
January 2020183,755183,900
   
Change in month-- 1,300
Change in year- 15,872-

Seasonally adjusted Live Register total decreases by 1,300 in January

Live Register Seasonally Adjusted
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On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 1,300 (-0.7%) in January 2020 bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 183,900. The number of persons on the Live Register in January 2020 is the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since January 2008. See table 2(a) and Live Register Series.

In unadjusted terms there were 183,755 persons signing on the Live Register in January 2020. This represents an annual decrease of 15,872 (-8.0%) since January 2019. See table 1(a).

 Other features include:

  • On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 800 (-0.8%) for males in January 2020, while females decreased by 400 (-0.5%) over the same period. See table 2(a).
  • On an unadjusted basis, the number of male claimants decreased by 8,549 (-7.6%) to 104,605 in the year to January 2020, while female claimants decreased by 7,323 (-8.5%) to 79,150. This compares with an annual decrease in the year to January 2019 of 23,581 (-17.2%) to 113,154 for males, while female claimants decreased by 14,178 (-14.1%) to 86,473 in the same period.  See table 2(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.