January 2019, Live Register Figures

5 Feb 2019

On February 7th, 2019 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register figures for January, 2019 and it stood at 199,627, a decline of 37,759 people on the same month last year. The seasonally adjusted register figure for January was 200,300. The last time the seasonally adjusted Live Register was at a similar level was April 2008, when it was 199,600, the last time this register was under 200,000.

39.6 % of the Register, or 79,010 people, have been on it for more than a year, 18,997 fewer people than in January, 2018. 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 21.3%. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 40.7% and men 59.3%. Looking at the figures from a combination of age and gender, the largest group are men aged 35-44 years, at 13% of this part of the Register.

Of the people who have been on the Register for more than a year, 44,986 people have been on it for three years or more, which represents 56.9% of those on the Register for more than a year, and 22.5% 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% of this part of the Register.

According to the Annex Table there were 55,480 people participating on Activation Programmes in December 2018: 5,592 fewer participants then in the same month in 2017. There were 3,522 fewer participants on employment programmes, the biggest of these programmes is Community Employment and it had 21,424 participants. Participation on education and training programmes fell by 2,070 participants. Two programmes had more participants in December 2018 than in same month in 2017. They are Tús, a community based employment programme, with 6,511 participants (+102); and what is curiously still called FAS (Solas) Full Time Training for Unemployed People, with 6,046 participants (+51).