November 2019, Monthly Unemployment Figures

3 Dec 2019

On December 5th, 2019 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Monthly Unemployment figures for November 2019. The CSO notes that the “purpose of this release is to provide a detailed series of monthly unemployment estimates. The release contains both monthly unemployment rates and monthly unemployment volumes.” On a quarterly basis the Labour Force Survey provides the benchmark estimates of employment and unemployment. In between these Surveys the Live Register, which is published monthly, “is used as an indicator to disaggregate the quarterly LFS unemployment series into a monthly series”. Further information on the methods used to produce these statistics is available on the CSO’s website.  

The Monthly Unemployment figure for November, 2019 is 117,800, a decline of 17,600 over the year. The Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) is 4.8%, a decline of 0.8% over the year. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 40% and men 60%, a year ago these figures were 46.8% and 53.2% respectively. The male MUR decreased from 5.6% in November, 2018 to 5.3% in November, 2019. While the female MUR went from 5.7% to 4.2% over the year.

For people aged 25-74, there were 80,900 people unemployed, a decline of 16,900 over the year. The MUR for this age group was 3.8%, 0.8% lower than November, 2018. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 39.8% and men 60.2%, a year ago these figures were 49.1% and 50.8% respectively. The male MUR decreased from 4.4% in November, 2018 to 4.2% in November, 2019. While the female MUR went from 4.9% to 3.3% over the year.

For people aged 15-24, there were 36,900 people unemployed, a decline of 700 over the year. The MUR for this age group was 12.5%, 0.6% lower than November, 2018. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 41% and men 59%, a year ago these figures were very similar. The male MUR decreased from 14.7% in November, 2018 to 13.8% in November, 2019. While for young women the MUR went from 11.4% to 11.1% over the year.