On June 3rd 2022, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the Live Register for May 2022. There were 171,903 people on the Live Register, a small increase, of 204 people, 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%.
Looking at the Live Register from a regional and gender perspective: the number of men on the Register declined by 1,455 men and across all regions with the exception of Dublin, where the number men increased by 674. Over the year, the number of women on the Live Register increased by 1,659. Across the eight regions, the numbers of women went down in four of them and up in the other four including Dublin (+1,228), the Mid-East (+383), the South-West (+427), and the West (+247).
The number of people on the Live Register for less than one year increased by 16% to 106,225 people and of this figure: women account for 47% and young people 12%. 65,678 people were on the Register for more than a year, which is a decrease of 14,482 people in comparison to May 2021. A year ago, people on the Register for more than one year accounted for 47% of the number of people on the Live Register. In May 2022, this percentage had dropped to 38%. Looking at this part of the Register from a gender and age perspective: women account for 41% and young people 7%.
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 April 2022 there were 38,865 participants, 748 fewer people than April 2021. The number of people participating on education and training programmes was 11,222, a decrease of 16% over the year. While, over the year the number of people participating on employment programmes increased by 5% to 27,643.
Community Employment remains the largest programme with 19,037 participants in April 2022, a 2% decrease over the year. The next biggest programme is TÚS - Community Work Placement Initiative, with 5,496 participants, an increase of 36% over the year. The Work Placement Experience Programme, which commenced in July 2021, had 250 participants in April 2022.