August Unemployment Statistics

On August 30th, the Central Statistics Office published the Monthly Unemployment (MU) figures for August 2016. The MU figures are based on the most recent Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) and changes in the Live Register. A week earlier the CSO had published the QNHS for Quarter 2, 2016 and had revised the Monthly Unemployment figures for July from 169,100 to 183,300 and the MU Rate from 7.8% to 8.3%.

In August, 2016 there were 181,600 people unemployed, an annual decrease of 15,400. The MU Rate stayed at 8.3%, 0.8% lower than the same month last year. The male unemployment rate was 9.5%, 1.1% lower over the year; the female rate was 6.8%, 0.6% lower than August 2015. The unemployment rate for people aged under 25 is more than twice the national average, at 17.1%, a drop of 3.4% on the same month last year. The unemployment rate aged 25+ is 7.3%, a decrease of 0.7% over the year. There are 146,000 people in this age category, representing 80% of the official unemployment figure.

On September 1st the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register for August 2016. According to these figures there were 316,296 people on the Live Register, of whom 44.4% or 140,346 were on the Register for more than a year. The Seasonally Adjusted figure was 299,200, the first time the figure has been less than 300,000 since the end of 2008.

Over the year the Live Register figures fell across the 8 regions the country is divided into, with the biggest decrease visible in Dublin: 9,827, and the smallest decrease seen in the Midlands: 3,019. 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 July 2016, there were 60,012 people participating on employment, education and training programmes: 10.76% fewer than the same month last year. A 25% drop in the numbers of people participating on education and training programmes accounts for 60% of the overall change. Over the same period, participation on employment programmes fell by 11%.

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Jobs Week Cavan, Monaghan and Drogheda, Dundalk

Jobs Week Cavan, Monaghan and Drogheda, Dundalk

26 September 2016 - 30 September 2016

Department of Social Protection - Jobs Week running from 26-30 September 2016.

Speed networking events will be running in Cavan and Monaghan and a job and advice fair will take place in Drogheda.

An information day for jobseekers will take place in Dundalk on September 28th. - See more by clicking here

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