December’s Live Register Figures

On January 10th, 2019 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register figures for December, 2018 and it stood at 199,669, a decline of 36,599 people on the same month last year. The seasonally adjusted register figure for December was 204,000. The last time the seasonally adjusted Live Register was at a similar level was May, 2008, when it was 204,900.

39.8% of the Register, or 79,542 people, have been on it for more than a year, 18,376 fewer people than in December 2017. Young people, aged under 25 years account for 6.3% of those on the Register for more than a year. The age group with the highest percentage are those aged 45-54 years, at 21.3%. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 40.8% and men 59.2%. Looking at the figures from a combination of age and gender, the largest group are men aged 35-44 years, at 12.9% of this part of the Register.

Of the people who have been on the Register for more than a year, 45,649 people have been on it for three years or more, which represents 57.4% of those on the Register for more than a year, and 22.9% of the whole Register. Looking at this figure from the perspective of age and gender, men aged 45-54 years are the largest group, accounting for 13.7% of this part of the Register.

According to the Annex Table there were 56,012 people participating on Activation Programmes in November 2018: 5,541 fewer participants then in the same month in 2017. There were 3,533 fewer participants on employment programmes, the biggest of these programmes is Community Employment and it had 21,487 participants. Participation on education and training programmes fell by 2,008 participants. Two programmes had more participants in November 2018 than in same month in 2017. They are Tús, a community based employment programme, with 6,579 participants (+57); and what is curiously still called FAS (Solas) Full Time Training for Unemployed People, with 6,395 participants (+113).

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