Latest Unemployment Statistics

7 Jan 2016

On 7th January, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register for December 2015. There were 321,616 people on the seasonally unadjusted Register and 328,600 on the seasonally adjusted one, down 34,496 and 35,300 respectively on the same month last year. In January 2009, both versions of the Live Register went over 300,000 (326,272 and 324,300 respectively) and have since remained above that level.

The Live Register includes people who are in a receipt of a Jobseekers payment, some of whom are employed on a part-time or casual basis. In December 2015, there were 65,678 people on the Live Register who were also working, representing 20% of the Register. This is a decline of 9% or 6,684 people on the same month last year. The last time this figure was at this level was in May, 2009, when it stood at 66,178 or 17% of the Register.

In November, 2015 there were 81,298 people on Activation programmes, 6,325 less people then the same month last year. 93% of this change was accounted for by 5,861 fewer people participating on education and training programmes, even with this drop the Back to Education Allowance was still the second biggest activation programme, with 18,459 participants. Community Employment remains the biggest with 22,723 participants, next is the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance with 11,861 participants, followed by TUS with 7,859. These four programmes account for 75% of the places on activation programmes.

On 5th January, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Monthly Unemployment Rate for December 2015. According to this statistic, there were 190,600 people unemployed at this time and the unemployment rate was 8.8%. December 2008 is the last time this statistic was below 9%, when it stood at 8.6%, and there were 193,400 people unemployed. In January 2009, unemployment went over 200,000 and only came down below this figure in July of last year.