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Monthly Unemployment

October 2019

 Seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (%)
October 2018136,700 5.7
September 2019118,100 4.9
October 2019117,300 4.8
   Percentage Points
Change in month- 800 - 0.1
Change in year- 19,400 - 0.9

Monthly unemployment rate of 4.8% October 2019

Figure 1 Monthly Unemployment  rate seasonally adjusted
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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2019 was 4.8%, down from 4.9% in September 2019 and down from 5.7% in October 2018. The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 117,300 in October 2019, compared to 118,100 in September 2019.  When compared to October 2018, there was an annual decrease of 19,400 in the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed.  

Summary points for October

  •  In October 2019 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2% for males, down from 5.3% in September 2019, and down from 5.6% in October 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females was 4.4% in October 2019, remaining unchanged from September 2019, and down from 5.9% in October 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in October 2019 was 68,600 compared to 69,200 in September 2019.  In October 2019 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 48,700 compared to 48,900 in September 2019.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) was 12.3% in October 2019 up from 12.2% in September 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. In an effort to reduce the frequency and scale of revisions to the monthly unemployment series, for this Monthly Unemployment release (reference month October 2019) and on a quarterly basis from now on (January, April, July and October), the CSO are using the latest available quarterly LFS benchmarks, ahead of the LFS publication date. This eliminates the need to revise the Monthly Unemployment series when publishing the Q3 2019 LFS on November 19th. Thus, going forward there will only be 12 versions of the Monthly Unemployment series released by the CSO each year instead of 16 as is currently the case (12 Monthly Unemployment releases and four revisions published as part of the LFS release each quarter).

For more information please see Information Note Monthly Unemployment October 2019