November’s Live Register Figures

6 Dec 2018

On December 6th, 2018 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register figures for November, 2018 and it contained 196,261 people, 36,948 few people than in the same month last year. The seasonally adjusted register figure for November was 207,200: the first time this figure has been under 210,000 since May 2008, when it stood at 204,900 people.

41% of the Register, or 80,557 people, have been on it for more than a year, 17,908 fewer people than in November 2017. Young people, aged under 25 years account for 6.3% of those on the Register for more than a year. The age group with the highest percentage are those aged 45-54 years, at 21.2%. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 40.9% and men 59.1%. Looking at the figures from a combination of age and gender, the largest group are men aged 35-44 years, at 12.8% of the Register.

Of the people who have been on the Register for more than a year, 46,396 people have been on it for three years or more, which represents 57.6% of those on the Register for more than a year, and 23.6% of the whole Register.

Looking at this figure from the perspective of age and gender, men aged 45-54 years are the largest group, accounting for 13.6%. Looking at it from a scheme perspective, Jobseekers Allowance applications account for 72%, and Other Registrants account for 28%. A striking feature of the ‘other registrants’ category is that 51% of this group are aged 60-64 years.  

According to the Annex Table there were 55,335 people participating on Activation Programmes in October 2018: 5,641 fewer participants then in the same month in 2017. There were 3,452 fewer participants on employment programmes, the biggest of these programmes is Community Employment and it had 21,243 participants. Participation on education and training programmes fell by 2,189 participants. The only programme that recorded more participants in October 2018 was Tús, a community based employment programme, with 6,705 participants.