On July 6th 2022, the CSO published the Monthly Unemployment (MU) figures for June 2022. 134,900 people were unemployed in June 2022, a drop of 16% over the year or 26,000 fewer people unemployed. The Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) was 4.8%, a decline of 1.5 percentage points. Unemployment decreased for both men and women over the period, by 18,800 and 7,100 respectively. Women accounted for 49% of the unemployed in June 2022, four percentage points higher than June 2021.
In June 2022, 21,800 people aged 15-24 were unemployed: 28,400 fewer young people than a year ago. Their MUR was 5.4% in June 2022, 10.2 percentage points lower than June 2021. Over the year, unemployment amongst young men decreased by 72% to 7,700, and their unemployment rate was 3.8%, a drop of 12.4 percentage points over the year. Unemployment amongst young women decreased by 38% to 14,200, and their unemployment rate was 7%, a drop of 8 percentage points. In June 2022, women accounted for 65% of those unemployed in this age category, in comparison to 46% in June 2021.
However, for people aged 25-74, an additional 2,500 people were unemployed in June 2022, bringing the numbers in this age group up to 113,100 people. Over the same period their MUR decreased by 0.3pp to 4.7%. Unemployment increased for men in this age category by 1.3% to 61,500, and their MUR was 4.8%. Unemployment also increased for women, by 3.4% to 51,600 women and their Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) was 4.6%. Women accounted for 46% of those unemployed in this age category in June, 2022 and 45% in June 2021.