January 2019 Unemployment Figures

7 Feb 2019

On February 5th, 2019 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Monthly Unemployment figures for January 2019. 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 January, 2019 127,300 people were unemployed, a decline of 13,400 on the same month in 2018. The overall Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) was 5.3%, down 0.7% on January 2018. Women account for 46.9% of those who are unemployed and men for 53.1%. In January 2019 the female and male unemployment rates were 5.4% and 5.2% respectively. A year ago the male rate was higher at 6.1%, while the female rate was 5.8%. 

Looking at these figures from an age perspective there were 89,200 unemployed people aged between 25 and 74 years, and their MUR was 4.3%. A year ago these figures stood at 103,100 and 4.9% respectively, the month this MUR went under 5%. Men account for 52% of this age group and women 48%. The male MUR was 4.1%, down 0.9% on January 2018. The female MUR was 4.5%, down 0.3% over the year.

For the younger age group, people aged 15-24 years of age, there were 38,100 young people unemployed and their MUR was 12.4%. In January 2018, fewer young people were unemployed, 37,600, but their MUR was higher at 13.7%. Looking at the gender breakdown, 44.4% of this group were women, and there were 700 more young women unemployed than a year ago. The MUR for young women went down by 1.2% to 11.4%.  Men accounted for 55.6% of this age group in January 2019, and over the year their Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) dropped 1.3% to 13.4%.