August’s Live Register Figures

6 Sep 2018

On September 6th, 2018 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register figures for August. The seasonally adjusted figure now stands at 209,900. In May 2008 this figure went over 200,000 for the first time since April 1999. In August 2011 reached 448,700, its highest level ever.

40.8% of the Register, or 91,969 people, have been on it for more than a year, 19,830 fewer people than in August 2017. Young people, aged under 25 years account for 7.5% of those on the Register for more than a year. The age group with the highest percentage are those aged 35-44 years, at 21.1%. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 41% and men 59%. Looking at the figures from a combination of age and gender, the largest group are men aged 25-34 years, at 13.4% of the Register.

When the CSO published the Labour Force Survey Q1 in June, they noted that the regional division of the country had been changed. As a consequence the statistics table giving a more detailed breakdown of duration by age, sex, region and scheme was closed. Today they have published the new table, LRM18. According to it 23.2% of the Register were on it for more than three years. The age group with the greatest number of people on it for more than three years are people aged 45-54, with 11,653 people.

According to the Annex Table there were 48,502 people participating on Activation Programmes in July 2018, 3,418 fewer participants than in the same month last year. Community Employment accounted for 44.5% of this figure, with 21,465 participants. The next biggest scheme is the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance with 7,829 participants, followed by Tús with 6,414. Overall on employment programmes there were 4,183 fewer participants than in July 2017. According to this Table there were 765 more participants on education and training programmes, however the ‘Full-time training for unemployment people’ figure has remained unchanged since December 2017, and so this figure may not reflect the reality on the ground.