Live Register Figures, December 2019

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On January 9th, 2020 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register figures for December, 2019. The seasonally adjusted register figure for November was 185,300, the first time this figure has been below 186,000 since the beginning of 2008. The unadjusted figure was 181,996, a decline of 17,673 on the same month last year.

37.1% of the Live Register, or 67,558 people, have been on it for more than a year: 11,984 fewer people than in December, 2018. Young people, aged under 25 years account for 6% of those on the Register for more than a year. The age group with the highest share of this part of the Register are those aged 60-64 years, with 14,633 people, followed closely by people aged 45-54 years, with 14,346 people. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 41.3% and men 58.7%. Looking at the figures from a combination of age and gender, the largest group are men aged 35-44 years, accounting for 12.8% of this part of the Register.

Of the people who have been on the Register for more than a year, 37,702 people have been on it for three years or more, which represents 55.8% of those on the Register for more than a year, and 20.7% of the whole Register. Looking at this figure from the perspective of age, people aged 60-64 years are the biggest group, with 9,876 people in this age range. Looking at it from the perspective of age and gender, men aged 60-64 years are the largest group, accounting for 13.3% of this part of the Register.

According to the Annex Table there were 48,737 people participating on Activation Programmes in November, 2019: 5,367 fewer participants then in the same month in 2018. Over the year, participation on education and training programmes fell by 1,657 participants to 17,009. During this period the numbers of people on Full-time Training for Unemployed People increased by 514 participants, while the numbers of people on Back to Education courses went down by 2,171.

There were 31,728 participants on employment programmes, 3,710 fewer people than in November 2018. Participation on the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance dropped by 37.8% to 4,192 people, which accounted for 68.6% of the decrease in employment programmes. An 850 drop in participation on the Tús, Community Work Placement Initiative, accounted for 22.9% of the decrease in employment programmes. Community Employment continued to be the biggest activation programme with 21,279 participants.

 

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