Monthly Unemployment Figures, April 2019

1 May 2019

On April 30th, 2019 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Monthly Unemployment figures for April 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 April, 2019 129,700 people were unemployed, a decline of 10,200 on the same month in 2018. The overall Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) was 5.4%, down 0.5% on April 2018. Women account for 47.4% of those who are unemployed and men for 52.6%. In April 2019, the female MUR was 0.3% higher than the male rate, at 5.5%. A year ago the male rate was 0.3% higher than the female rate, at 6%.  

Looking at these figures from an age perspective there were 93,500 unemployed people aged between 25 and 74 years, and their MUR was 4.4%. A year ago these figures stood at 100,300 and 4.8% respectively. Men account for 50.6% of this age group and women 49.4%. The male MUR was 4.1%, down 0.7% on April 2018. The female MUR was 4.7% in both years.  

For the younger age group, people aged 15-24 years of age, there were 36,200 young people unemployed and their MUR was 12.8%. In April 2018, 3,300 more young people were unemployed and their MUR was 14.3%. Looking at the gender breakdown, 42.3% of this group were women, and there were 1,900 fewer young women unemployed than a year ago. The MUR for young women went down by 1.5% to 11.6%.  Men accounted for 57.7% of this age group in April 2019. Over the year the number of young men unemployed decreased by 1,400, and their Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) went down by 1.4% to 13.9%.