September 2019, Live Register Figures

3 Oct 2019

On October 3rd, 2019 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register figures for September, 2019. The seasonally adjusted register figure for September was 188,800, bringing this figure back to early 2008 levels. The unadjusted figure was 183,783, a decline of 21,947 people on the same month last year. This is the first time this register has been under 184,000 since January 2008.

39% of the Live Register, or 71,594 people, have been on it for more than a year: 14,812 fewer people than in September, 2018. Young people, aged under 25 years account for 6.6% 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 45-54 years, with 15,051 people, followed closely by people aged 60-64 years, with 15,027 people. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 41.5% and men 58.5%. Looking at the figures from a combination of age and gender, the largest group are men aged 35-44 years, accounting for 12.6% of this part of the Register.

Of the people who have been on the Register for more than a year, 40,133 people have been on it for three years or more, which represents 56% of those on the Register for more than a year, and 21.8% of the whole Register. Looking at this figure from the perspective of age, people aged 60-64 years are the biggest group, with 10,249 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 13.2% of this part of the Register.

According to the Annex Table there were 37,875 people participating on Activation Programmes in August, 2019: 4,615 fewer participants then in the same month in 2018. Over the year, participation on education and training programmes fell by 796 participants to 5,512. 45.6% of the decrease in education and training programme participants is accounted for by 9% drop in participation on FAS (Solas) Full-time Training for Unemployed People to 3,590 learners. There were 32,363 participants on employment programmes, 3,819 fewer people than in August 2018. Participation on the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance dropped by 39% to 4,648 people, which accounts for 77.7% of the decrease in employment programmes. Community Employment remains the largest of the activation programmes, with 21,349 participants.