Num­ber on Live Reg­is­ter down 15.5%

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS NEWS - CHAR­LIE TAY­LOR

The num­ber of peo­ple on the Live Reg­is­ter fell to its low­est since April 2008 last month, new fig­ures from the Cen­tral Sta­tis­tics Of­fice show.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est data, there were 3,000 fewer peo­ple were on the reg­is­ter, which in­cludes part-time, sea­sonal and ca­sual work­ers who are en­ti­tled to job­seek­ers’ ben­e­fit or al­lowance. This de­crease took the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple on the reg­is­ter to 199,669, down 15.5 per cent ver­sus the same month a year ear­lier and is 27.6 per cent lower than in De­cem­ber 2016.

Sep­a­rate CSO fig­ures pub­lished ear­lier this week put the State’s jobless rate at 5.3 per cent for De­cem­ber, un­changed ver­sus the prior month.

The Live Reg­is­ter data shows the num­ber of male claimants de­creased by 22,915 or 16.9 per cent over the year to 112,414. The num­ber of fe­male claimants was down 13,684 or 13.6 per cent to 87,255.

The num­ber of long-term claimants on the reg­is­ter last month was 79,542, down 18.8 per cent com­pared to the same month a year ear­lier. In ad­di­tion, the num­ber of ca­sual and part-time work­ers de­clined by 18.4 per cent. There was also a 19.3 per cent de­cline in the num­ber of peo­ple un­der 25 on the reg­is­ter.

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