Back to Top

 Skip navigation

CSO statistical release, , 11am

Monthly Unemployment

May 2019

 Seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (%)
May 2018141,400 5.9
April 2019111,300 4.6
May 2019108,200 4.4
   Percentage Points
Change in month- 3,100 - 0.2
Change in year- 33,200 - 1.5

Monthly unemployment rate of 4.4% May 2019

Figure 1 Monthly Unemployment rate seasonally adjusted
go to full release

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2019 was 4.4%, down from 4.6% in April 2019 and down from 5.9% in May 2018. The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 108,200 in May 2019, down from 111,300 when compared to the April 2019 figure and a decrease of 33,200 when compared to May 2018.

Summary points for May

  •  In May 2019 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7% for males, down from 4.9% in April 2019, and down from 6.1% in May 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females in May 2019 was 4.2%, down from 4.3% in April 2019, and down from 5.8% in May 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in May 2019 was 60,800, down from 63,200 in April 2019.  In May 2019 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 47,300 a decrease of 800 when compared to April 2019.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) was 10.0% in May 2019, a decrease from 10.3% in April 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.

For further information see here.