Monthly Unemployment figures for September 2019

1 Oct 2019

September Unemployment

On October 1st, 2019 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Monthly Unemployment figures for September 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. On August 27th the Central Statistics Office published the Labour Force Survey (LFS) for Quarter 2, 2019, which covers the months April to June.

In September, 2019, 127,500 people were unemployed, a decline of 7,500 on the same month in 2018. The overall Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) was 5.3%, down 0.3% on September 2018. Women account for 42.7% of those who are unemployed and men for 57.3%. In September 2019, the female MUR was 4.9% and the male rate 5.5%, a decrease of 0.7% and 0.1% respectively.  

Looking at these figures from an age perspective there were 84,200 unemployed people aged between 25 and 74 years, and their MUR was 4%. A year ago these figures stood at 95,600 and 4.5% respectively. Men account for 53.6% of this age group and women 46.4%. The male MUR was 3.9%, down 0.6% on September 2018. The female MUR was 4.1%, down 0.6% over the year.  

For the younger age group, people aged 15-24 years of age, 42,700 young people were unemployed, 3,900 more people than in September 2018. Similarly, young people‚Äôs Monthly Unemployment Rate has increased over the year by 1.3% to 14.8%. Looking at the gender breakdown, 35.4% of this group were women, and 1,800 fewer young women were unemployed than a year ago. The MUR for young women went down by 1.4% to 10.9%.  Men accounted for 64.6% of this age group in September 2019. Over the year the number of young men unemployed increased by 5,700, and their Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) went up by 3.8% to 18.4%.