December 2019, Unemployment Figures

8 Jan 2020

On January 7th, 2020 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the Monthly Unemployment figures for December 2019. The overall figure, covering people aged 15-74 years old, was 119,000, a decline of 12,900 over the year. For the third month in a row, the Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) was 4.8%, a decline of 0.7% 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% and 54% respectively. Over the year the female MUR went from 5.5% to 4.2%, while the male MUR decreased by 0.1 to 5.4% in December, 2019. 

For people aged 25-74, there were 81,400 people unemployed, a decline of 13,600 over the year. Again for the third month in a row, the MUR for this age group was 3.8%, 0.7% lower than December, 2018. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 40% and men 60%, a year ago these figures were 48% and 52% respectively. The male MUR decreased by 0.1 to 4.2% in December, 2019. While the female MUR went from 4.7% to 3.3% over the year.

For people aged 15-24, there were 37,600 people unemployed, an increase of 700 over the year. The MUR for this age group was 12.6%, 0.2% lower than December, 2018. Looking at these figures from a gender perspective, women account for 40.4% and men 59.3%, a year ago these figures were very similar. Over the year the Monthly Unemployment Rate (MUR) for young women increased by 0.2 to 11.2%. While the male MUR decreased by 0.5 to 13.9% in December, 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.