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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Live Register

January 2019

 Live Register TotalSeasonally Adjusted
January 2018237,386238,100
December 2018199,669203,500
January 2019199,627200,300
   
Change in month- -3,200
Change in year -37,759-

Seasonally adjusted Live Register total decreases by 3,200 in January

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On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 3,200 (-1.6%) in January 2019, bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 200,300. The number of persons on the Live Register in January 2019 is also the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since April 2008. See table 2(a).

In unadjusted terms there were 199,627 persons signing on the Live Register in January 2019. This represents an annual decrease of 37,759 (-15.9%). See table 1(a).

Other features include:

  • On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 1,900 (-1.7%) males in January 2019, while females decreased by 1,400 (-1.6%) over the same period. See table 2(a).
  • The number of male claimants decreased by 23,581 (-17.2%) to 113,154 in the year to January 2019, while female claimants decreased by 14,178 (-14.1%) to 86,473. This compares with a decrease of 24,630 (-15.3%) to 136,735 for males, while female claimants decreased by 14,876 (-12.9%) to 100,651 in the year to January 2018. 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.