September Unemployment Statistics
On October 6th the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register for September 2016. According to these figures there were 286,490 people on the Live Register, the first time this figure has been less than 300,000 since the end of 2008. 130,772 people, or 45.6% of it, were on the Register for more than a 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: 10,481, and the smallest decrease seen in the Midlands: 3,200. Four regions account for 64.7% of the Register: Dublin, 25%; the Border, 14%; South-East, 13%; and the South-West, 12%.
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 August 2016, there were 58,860 people participating on employment, education and training programmes: 10.3% fewer than the same month last year. 53% of the overall change was accounted for by a 23% drop in the numbers of people participating on education and training programmes. While a 6.3% drop in the numbers of people participating on employment programmes accounted for the remaining 47%. The biggest % year-on-year change was seen on the Gateway programme, there are 945 fewer people participating on this programme than a year ago, representing a 41% reduction.
On October 4th, the Central Statistics Office published the Monthly Unemployment (MU) figures for September 2016. The MU figures are based on the most recent Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) and changes in the Live Register. In September, 2016 there were 172,900 people unemployed, an annual decrease of 24,000. The MU Rate deduced to 7.9%, 1.2% lower than the same month last year. The male unemployment rate was 9.2%, 1.4% lower over the year; the female rate was 6.4%, 0.9% lower than September 2015. The unemployment rate for people aged under 25 is twice the national average, at 15.9%, a drop of 5% on the same month last year. The unemployment rate aged 25+ is 7.1%, a decrease of 0.9% over the year. There are 140,500 people in this age category, representing 81% of the official unemployment figure.
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