May Unemployment Statistics

On Tuesday, 31st May, the Central Statistics Office published the Monthly Unemployment (MU) figures for May 2016. The MU figures are based on the most recent Quarterly National Household Survey and changes in the Live Register. According to these figures, there were 169,700 people unemployed and the MU Rate was 7.8%. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, there were 109,200 men and 60,400 women unemployed. The male unemployment rate was 9.2% and the female unemployment rate was 6.2%.

 Young people accounted for 16.4% of the Monthly Unemployment figure, but their unemployment rate was significantly higher than the national rate, at 15%. People aged 25-74 accounted for 83.6% of the MU figure and their unemployment rate was 7.2%. It is important to note that the unemployment rate captures people who are unemployed as a percentage of people who are in the Labour Force. The Labour Force includes people who are unemployed or employed, but it does not include people who are, for example, studying, working within the home, or retired.

 On Thursday, 2nd June, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register for May 2016. According to these figures there were 307,059 people on the Live Register, of whom 45.8% or 140,488 were on the Register for more than a year. These figures were up on the month of April, but down annually by 11% and 13.2% respectively.

 The Live Register figures fell across the 8 regions the country is divided into, with the biggest decrease visible in Dublin: 8,773, and the smallest decrease seen in the Midlands: 2,852. These changes had no impact on their relative share of the Live Register: with Dublin still accounting for 24% and Midlands accounting for 8% of the 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 April 2016, there were 77,885 people participating on employment, education and training programmes: 11.9% fewer people than the same month last year.

 A 23.3% drop in the numbers of people participating on education and training programmes accounts for 82.3% of the overall change. Over the same period, participation on employment programmes fell by 3.6%. The numbers of people on JobBridge fell by 31.9% to 4,015 participants. Other programmes, like Community Employment, which remains the largest activation programme with 22,938 participants in April, decreased marginally. While, the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, the second largest employment programme increased marginally to 11,601 participants.    

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