At present on the Statistics page there are data links to information on the Live Register and Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS): these figures are issued by the Central Statistics Office.

How Unemployment is measured

Commentators look to both the International Labour Organisation (ILO) measurement of unemployment in the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS), and the Live Register to assess current levels of unemployment. Read on 

Live Register

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) provide detailed Live Register statistics through their StatBank which gives an information breakdown by Age Group, Sex, Social Welfare Office and Month.

Click here for overview of Live Register statistics

Monthly Unemployment Statistics

In June 2015 the CSO published for the first time the Monthly Unemployment figures which sought to provide more detailed and timely Labour Market statistics and replaced the seasonally adjusted Standardised Unemployment Rate (SUR) as the definitive measure of monthly unemployment. These new figures are based primarily on the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) with the Live Register being used to produce a monthly QNHS estimate for months in between the quarters.

Click here for the Monthly Unemployment Statistics

Labour Force Survey (LFS)

What is the LFS?

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a large-scale, nationwide survey of households in Ireland. It is designed to produce quarterly labour force estimates that include the official measure of employment and unemployment in the state (ILO basis). The survey began in January 2016 and will replace the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) from January 2017. It is expected that the LFS will also conduct special moduleson different social topics each quarter.

Click here for Quarterly Labour Force Survey

Additonal Information

The Institute of International and European Affair's (IIEA) Unemployment Puzzle Infographic provides a visual insight into the scale of the jobs crisis facing Europe.

Pobal Maps is Pobal's GIS (Geographical Information System) online application. This system builds upon the Pobal HP Deprivation Index for Small Areas, which provides very detailed information on local areas and gives a score calculated against a national average. The reporting section of the system allows users to download data and reports to their opwn specific boundary- county, Local Authority, Local Development Company, RAPID etc. Pobal Maps allows users to easily compare and contrast electoral division and now small area profiles in terms of their relative level of affluence or disadvantage. Click here for more information

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. Eurostat provide a range of employment / unemployment statistics. Click here for more information

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provide a wide range of statistics for OECD countries including statistics on Long Term Unemployment and Youth Unemployment. Click here for more information - keyword search unemployment.