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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Monthly Unemployment

September 2018

 Seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (%)
September 2017156,200 6.6
August 2018134,200 5.6
September 2018129,400 5.4
   Percentage Points
Change in month- 4,800 - 0.2
Change in year- 26,800 - 1.2

Monthly unemployment rate of 5.4% September 2018

Figure 1 Monthly Unemployment rate seasonally adjusted
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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2018 was 5.4%, down 0.2% from the revised rate of 5.6% in August 2018 and down from 6.6% in September 2017. The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 129,400 in September 2018, down from 134,200 when compared to the August 2018 figure and a decrease of 26,800 when compared to September 2017.

Summary points for September

  • In September 2018 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.7% for males, down from 5.8% in August 2018 and down from 6.9% in September 2017.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females in September 2018 was 5.1%, down from 5.4% in August 2018 and down from 6.3% in September 2017.
  • The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in September 2018 was 73,200, down from 75,000 in August 2018. In September 2018 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 56,200, a decrease of 3,000 when compared to August 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) was 12.9% in September 2018, a decrease from 13.9% in August 2018.

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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