March’s Employment Figures

On April 4th the Central Statistics Office published the Monthly Unemployment (MU) figures for March 2017. There were 141,400 people unemployed, an annual decrease of 39,800. The Monthly Unemployment Rate was 6.4%, 1.9% lower than the same month last year. The unemployment rate for people aged under 25 was 13.9%, a drop of 3.4% on March 2016. A decrease of 1.9% over the year brought the unemployment rate for people aged 25-74 down to 5.6%.

On April 6th the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register for March 2017. According to these figures there were 267,202 people on the Live Register, a drop of 15.3% over the year. Over the year the Live Register figures fell across the 8 regions the country is divided into, with the biggest decrease visible in Dublin: 10,255, and the smallest decrease seen in the West: 3,488.

113,957 people, or 42.6% of it, were on the Register for more than a year, a decline of 19.1% over the year. However, it is important to note that of the 113,957 people who have been on the Register for more than a year, 66,820 of them have been on it for more than three years. This figure has also declined over the past year, but still represents 58.6% of the people on the Live Register.  

In an annex to the Live Register figures, the CSO also publishes data on participation on activation programmes, which lag a month behind the Live Register figures. So, in February 2017, there were 67,949 people participating on employment, education and training programmes: 14.6% fewer than the same month last year. 59% of the overall change was accounted for by a 13.9% drop in the numbers of people participating on employment programmes. There are now 42,745 participants on employment programmes and the biggest of them is Community Employment with 22,174 participants. Participation on education and training programmes also fell, by 15.9% to 25,204 participants. 

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Open Evening in IICP Education & Training, Tallaght

The Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (IICP) was established in 2003 to provide a comprehensive training service for those who wish to pursue professional and academic accreditation in the mental health services.

IICP are hosting an Open Evening on Tuesday 19th January 2016 from 6.00p.m to 8.00p.m where you can learn more about all the courses on offer at IICP:

  • Certificate Programme in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies
  • Diploma/BA Level 7 in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Diploma/BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • MA in Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy

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