Long Term Unemployed climbs again

30 Jan 2013

Today the Central Statistics Office published the Live Register figures for January 2013. The overall figure at 429,396 is lower than it was a year ago by 2.3%. However, it has risen over the past few months and is back to where it was in September 2012. "Of particular concern to the INOU is the number of people on the Register for more than a year," said Bríd O'Brien, Head of Policy and Media with the INOU. At 189,857 people this number is 3.3% higher than it was in January 2012 and accounts for 44.2% of the Live Register.

The gender profile of the Live Register is also changing: the number of men signing-on has fallen by 3.6% over the past year while the number of women marginally increased. Looking at those on the register for more than a year there is a 10% increase in the number of women and a slight increase in the number of men. However men still account for 70.5% of this figure: and it is not surprising to see that the two categories that account for almost 40% of the register are predominantly male: craft and related; plant and machine operatives. "A significant challenge facing Ireland is how to match up real job opportunities for the unemployed with the planned and hoped for job creation," Bríd continued.

Every month the CSO notes that the Live Register "is not designed to measure unemployment" as it includes people working casually, seasonally or part-time. "However, the INOU is keenly aware that it does not include unemployed people who are not in receipt of a payment because of their family circumstances," noted Bríd. Increasingly access to supports for unemployed people are dependent on their being in receipt of a payment. It is imperative that supports are inclusive of all unemployed people: in particular if people need to re-educate or re-train themselves to secure future employment. "Feedback we get from unemployed people highlights how demoralising it can be to be dependent on other adults in their lives while getting no help or advice on getting a job," Bríd concluded.