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CSO statistical release, 06 June 2018, 11am

Monthly Unemployment

May 2018

 Seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (%)
May 2017154,600 6.6
April 2018140,800 5.9
May 2018139,000 5.8
   Percentage Points
Change in month- 1,800 - 0.1
Change in year- 15,600 - 0.8

Monthly unemployment rate of 5.8% May 2018

Figure 1 Monthly unemployment rate seasonally adjusted
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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2018 was 5.8%, down 0.1% from the rate of 5.9% in April 2018 and down from 6.6% in May 2017. The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 139,000 in May 2018, down from 140,800 when compared to the April 2018 figure and a decrease of 15,600 when compared to May 2017.

Summary points for May

  • In May 2018 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1% for males, down from 6.3% in April 2018 and down from 7.3% in May 2017.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females in May 2018 was 5.5%, unchanged from 5.5% in April 2018 and down from 5.8% in May 2017.
  • The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in May 2018 was 79,100, down from 80,700 in April 2018. In May 2018 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 59,900, a decrease of 200 when compared to April 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) was 11.9% in May 2018, a decrease from 12.0% in April 2018.