On July 2nd 2021, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the Live Register and PUP figures for June 2021. There were 175,281 people on the Live Register, a decrease of 45,590 on the same month last year. Looking at the Register from a gender and age perspective: women account for 45% of the Live Register and young people account for 11%.
46% of the Live Register or 80,316 people were on it for more than a year. This is an increase of 8,649 people in comparison to June 2020. Looking at this part of the Register from a gender and age perspective: women account for 40% of the Live Register and young people 9%.
In Table A3 to this release the CSO note that 156,172 people were in receipt of a payment, and 19,109 were not in June 2021: a year ago these figures were 169,976 and 50,895 respectively. 70% of the decrease in the Live Register over the past year is amongst those signing-on who were not in receipt of a payment. The CSO started to publish this data over the past year as they had noted an increase in the numbers of people signing-on who were not in receipt of a payment during the first couple of months of the COVID-19 crisis.
In Table A2 the CSO notes that there were 227,982 people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) in June 2021, a decrease of 81,533 on May 2021, and an annual decrease of 211,771. Looking at these figures from an age perspective, young people aged under 25 years account for 23% of PUP recipients. While from a gender perspective, women account for 46% of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment. A year ago women accounted for 49% of those in receipt of this payment, and young people accounted for 22%.
In Table A1 information is provided on the number of people ‘availing of Activation Programmes’. These figures always lag a month behind, so in May 2021, there were an 38,478 participants: 5,905 fewer people than the same month last year. The number of people participating on education and training programmes was 12,130, a decrease of 15.5% over the year. Over the year the number of people participating on employment programmes decreased by 12% to 26,348. Community Employment remains the biggest programme, with 19,398 participants. Only one programme increased over the past year and that is the Part-time Job Incentive Scheme. It is a small scheme with only 268 participants, but that represents a growth of 105%.