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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Monthly Unemployment

March 2019

 Seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (%)
March 2018137,500 5.8
February 2019134,700 5.6
March 2019131,300 5.4
   Percentage Points
Change in month- 3,400 - 0.2
Change in year- 6,200 - 0.4

Monthly unemployment rate of 5.4% March 2019

Figure 1 Monthly Unemployment rate seasonally adjusted
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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2019 was 5.4%, down from 5.6% in February 2019 and down from 5.8% in March 2018. The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 131,300 in March 2019, down from 134,700 when compared to the February 2019 figure and a decrease of 6,200 when compared to March 2018.

Summary points for March

  •  In March 2019 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.4% for males, down from 5.5% in February 2019, and down from 5.9% in March 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females in March 2019 was 5.5%, down from 5.6% in February 2019 and down from 5.7% in March 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in March 2019 was 70,500, down from 72,200 in February 2019. In March 2019 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 60,800, a decrease of 1,700 when compared to February 2019.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) was 13.4% in March 2019, a decrease from 13.8% in February 2019.

Data in this release are subject to revision, caused by updates to the seasonally adjusted series whenever new monthly data are added. In addition, it should be noted that larger revisions can occur when the most recent Labour Force Survey (LFS) data are included in the calculation process. Revised figures will be produced upon the publication of each new set of benchmark figures from the LFS and these revisions will be included in the LFS release.

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