On February 6th, 2020 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register figures for January, 2020. The seasonally adjusted register figure for January was 183,900, and the unadjusted figure was 183,755, a decline of 15,872 on the same month last year.
36.8% of the Live Register, or 67,705 people, have been on it for more than a year: 11,305 fewer people than in January, 2019. 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 14,550 people, followed closely by people aged 45-54 years, with 14,347 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 12.9% of this part of the Register.
Of the people who have been on the Register for more than a year, 37,525 people have been on it for three years or more, which represents 55.4% of those on the Register for more than a year, and 20.4% of the whole Register. Looking at this figure from the perspective of age, people aged 60-64 years are the biggest group, with 9,810 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 48,555 people participating on Activation Programmes in December, 2019: 4,995 fewer participants then in the same month in 2018. Over the year, participation on education and training programmes fell by 1,309 participants to 17,022. During this period the numbers of people on Full-time Training for Unemployed People increased by 898 participants, while the numbers of people on Back to Education courses went down by 2,207.
There were 31,533 participants on employment programmes, 3,686 fewer people than in December 2018. Participation on the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance dropped by 38.3% to 4,115 people, which accounted for 69.2% of the decrease in employment programmes. An 878 drop in participation on the Tús, Community Work Placement Initiative, accounted for 23.4% of the decrease in employment programmes. Community Employment continued to be the biggest activation programme with 21,290 participants.