March 2019 Unemployment Figures

2 Apr 2019

On April 2nd, 2019 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Monthly Unemployment figures for March 2019. The monthly unemployment figures are based on the most recent Labour Force Survey (LFS) and changes in the Live Register since that LFS was released. The latest LFS covers Quarter 4, 2018 and was published on February 19th 2019.   

In March, 2019 131,300 people were unemployed, a decline of 6,200 on the same month in 2018. The overall Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) was 5.4%, down 0.4% on March 2018. Women account for 46.3% of those who are unemployed and men for 53.7%. In March 2019 the female was 0.1% higher than the male rate, at 5.5%. A year ago the male rate was 0.2% higher than the female rate, at 5.9%.  

Looking at these figures from an age perspective there were 92,800 unemployed people aged between 25 and 74 years, and their MUR was 4.4%. A year ago these figures stood at 98,800 and 4.7% respectively. Men account for 51.5% of this age group and women 48.5%. The male MUR was 4.2%, down 0.6% on March 2018. The female MUR was 4.6%, down 0.1% over the year.  

For the younger age group, people aged 15-24 years of age, there were 38,500 young people unemployed and their MUR was 13.4%. In March 2018, 200 more young people were unemployed and their MUR was 13.9%. Looking at the gender breakdown, 41% of this group were women, and there were 1,400 fewer young women unemployed than a year ago. The MUR for young women went down by 1.2% to 12%.  Men accounted for 59% of this age group in March 2019. Over the year the number of young men unemployed increased by 1,200, and their Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) went up by 0.1% to 14.7%.