Live Register Figures for August 2019

5 Sep 2019

On September 5th, 2019 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register figures for August, 2019. The seasonally adjusted register figure for July was 188,500, bringing this figure back to early 2008 levels. The unadjusted figure was 199,093, a decline of 26,065 people on the same month last year.

38.1% of the Live Register, or 75,805 people, have been on it for more than a year: 16,164 fewer people than in August, 2018. Young people, aged under 25 years account for 7.2% of those on the Register for more than a year. The age group with the highest share of this part of the Register are those aged 35-44 years, with 15,788 people, followed closely by people aged 45-54 years (15,726). Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 41.6% and men 58.4%. Looking at the figures from a combination of age and gender, the largest group are men aged 25-34 years, accounting for 13% of this part of the Register.

Of the people who have been on the Register for more than a year, 41,954 people have been on it for three years or more, which represents 55.3% of those on the Register for more than a year, and 21.1% of the whole Register. Looking at this figure from the perspective of age, people aged 60-64 years are the biggest group, with 10,388 people in this age range. Looking at it from the perspective of age and gender, men aged 45-54 years are the largest group, accounting for 13% of this part of the Register.

According to the Annex Table there were 38,776 people participating on Activation Programmes in July, 2019: 4,998 fewer participants then in the same month in 2018. Over the year, participation on education and training programmes fell by 1,257 participants to 6,124. Participation on VTOS fell by 43% to 910 learners, with this drop accounting for 55% of the decrease in education and training programme participants. There were 32,652 participants on employment programmes, 3,741 fewer people than in July 2018. Participation on the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance dropped by 39% to 4,768 people, which accounts for 82% of the decrease in employment programmes. Community Employment remains the largest of the activation programmes, with 21,349 participants.