December 2018 Unemployment Figures

8 Jan 2019

On January 8th, 2019 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Monthly Unemployment figures for December 2018. The monthly unemployment figures are based on the most recent Labour Force Survey (LFS) and changes in the Live Register since the latest LFS was released. The most recent LFS covered Quarter 3, 2018 and was published on November 20th, 2018.   

In December, 2018 127,100 people were unemployed, a decline of 20,000 on the same month in 2017. The overall Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) was 5.3%, down 0.9% on December 2017. Women account for 46.2% of those who are unemployed and men for 53.8%. In December 2018 the female and male unemployment rates were the same as the overall one: 5.3%. A year ago they were 5.8%; 6.5%; and 6.2% respectively.

Looking at these figures from an age perspective there were 89,700 unemployed people aged between 25 and 74 years, and their MUR was 4.3%. A year ago these figures stood at 110,400 and 5.3% respectively. The gender breakdown is similar to the national one: men account for 53% of this age group and women 47%. The male MUR was 4.2%, down 1.3% on December 2017. The female MUR was 4.4%, down 0.6% over the year.

For the younger age group, people aged 15-24 years of age, there were 37,300 young people unemployed and their MUR was 12.2%. In December 2017, fewer young people were unemployed, 36,700, but their MUR was higher at 13.3%. Looking at the gender breakdown, 44% of this group were women; there were 1,400 more young women unemployed than a year ago. The MUR for young women went down by 0.7% to 11.1%.  Men accounted for 56% of this age group in December 2018, but a year ago accounted for 59%. Over the year the male Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) dropped 1.6% to 13.1%.