On November 5th 2021, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the Live Register and PUP figures for October 2021. There were 165,671 people on the Live Register, a decrease of 37,501 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 10%.
76,480 people, accounting for 46% of the Live Register, were on it for more than a year. This is an increase of 1,750 people in comparison to October 2020. Looking at this part of the Register from a gender and age perspective: women account for 40% and young people 8%.
In Table A3 to this release the CSO note that 148,041 people were in receipt of a payment, and 17,630 were not in October 2021; a year ago these figures were 166,766 and 36,406 respectively. 50% 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 twenty months as they 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 77,806 people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) in October, 2021, a decrease of 23,663 on September 2021, and an annual decrease of 267,899. Looking at these figures from an age perspective, young people aged under 25 years account for 9% of PUP recipients; a year ago this figure was 25%. Women account for 44% people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in October 2021; a year ago this figure was 50%.
In Table A1 information is provided on the number of people ‘availing of Activation Programmes’. These figures always lag a month behind, and so in September 2021, there were an 37,683 participants, 983 more people than the same month last year. The number of people participating on education and training programmes was 9,440, a decrease of 10% over the year. While, over the year the number of people participating on employment programmes increased by 8% to 28,243.
Community Employment remains the biggest programme, with 20,310 participants. The next biggest programme is Tús, the Community Work Placement Initiative with 5,043 participants. The new Work Placement Experience Programme had 57 participants in September 2021.