Supporting the people behind the figures

2 May 2012

Each month the Central Statistics Office releases the Live Register which reports on the number of people in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit and Jobseekers Allowance: 20% of whom are working part-time or casually. Over the past number of months these figures have been falling and falling for a variety of reasons: some people have found work; some have gone on a course; others have emigrated; and others have not made the transition from JB to JA because of their personal or family circumstances.
Over the past year the number of people in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit has fallen by 18%, while the number of people in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance has increased by 2.7% and now accounts for 70% of those on the Live Register.
"The INOU is keenly aware that the Live Register does not capture everyone who is unemployed which increasingly is becoming the entry mechanism to supports," noted BrĂ­d O'Brien, Head of Policy and Media with the INOU. The organisation is also very conscious of the fact that much of the employment people are accessing is part-time and piecemeal and that few people are securing decent jobs.
"It is absolutely critical that all unemployed people get the support they need to get back to work as soon as possible," she continued. Unemployment can be soul destroying and it is vital that the Government provides the right mixture of supports to give unemployed people of all ages hope of a better future. To that end it is even more important that the job creation policies the Government pursues strives to provide quality and sustainable jobs.