October 2019, live Register Figures

8 Nov 2019

On November 7th, 2019 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the Live Register figures for October, 2019. The seasonally adjusted register figure for October was 188,700, and the unadjusted figure was 180,459, a decline of 18,788 people on the same month last year.

38.3% of the Live Register, or 69,146 people, have been on it for more than a year: 13,852 fewer people than in October, 2018. Young people, aged under 25 years account for 6.4% 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 60-64 years, with 14,885 people, followed closely by people aged 45-54 years, with 14,580 people. 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 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, 38,883 people have been on it for three years or more, which represents 56% of those on the Register for more than a year, and 21.5% of the whole Register. Looking at this figure from the perspective of age, people aged 60-64 years are the biggest group, with 10,130 people in this age range. Looking at it from the perspective of age and gender, men aged 60-64 years are the largest group, accounting for 13.4% of this part of the Register.

According to the Annex Table there were 44,360 people participating on Activation Programmes in September, 2019: 6,256 fewer participants then in the same month in 2018. Over the year, participation on education and training programmes fell by 2,190 participants to 12,545. A fall of 1,811 in learners on the Back to Education Allowance accounted for 82.7% of the decline in participants on these programmes. There were 31,815 participants on employment programmes, 4,066 fewer people than in September 2018. Participation on the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance dropped by 38% to 4,483 people, which accounts for 68.5% of the decrease in employment programmes. Community Employment remains the largest of the activation programmes, with 21,153 participants.