On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 1,900 (-0.6%) in August 2015, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 341,400. In unadjusted terms the CSO reported today that there were 359,076 people signing on the Live Register in August 2015 — this represents an annual decrease of 39,249 (-9.9%). Adding the 67,000 in public activation schemes in July (the level was 65,000 in July 2014 and in non-summer months is typically at about 80,000) gives a total number of 426,000 and a broad rate of unemployment of about 19%.  

 

The seasonally adjusted official unemployment rate for August 2015 was 9.5%, unchanged from the July 2015 rate and down from 11.1% in August 2014. The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 206,500 in August 2015, an increase of 400 when compared to the July 2015 figure or a decrease of 32,200 when compared to August 2014. The official average unemployment rate in the EU28 in July was also 9.5% and the official Euro Area rate was 9.6%.

Other features include: On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 1,400 (-0.7%) males in August 2015, while females decreased by 400 (-0.3%) over the same period. 

The number of male claimants decreased by 29,663 (-12.5%) to 208,399 in the year to August 2015, while female claimants decreased by 9,586 (-6.0%) to 150,677.  This compares with a decrease of 28,381 (-10.7%) to 238,062 for males, while female claimants decreased by 8,574 (-5.1%) to 160,263 in the year to August 2014.

Live Register duration of continuous registration: The number of long term claimants (1 year ore more) on the Live Register in August 2015 was 164,269. The number of male long term claimants decreased by 19,325 (-15.6%) in the year to August 2015, while females decreased by 4,004 (-6.3%), giving an overall annual drop of 23,329 (-12.4%) in the number of long term claimants.

In August 2015, 54.3% (194,807) of all claimants on the Live Register were short term claimants. The comparable figure for August 2014 was 52.9% (210,727).  The annual fall of 15,920 (-7.6%) in the number of short term claimants consisted of a decrease of 10,338 (-9.1%) in the number of male short term claimants and a decrease of 5,582 (-5.8%) in female short term claimants.

Live Register casual and part-time workers: There were 67,488 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in August 2015, which represents 18.8% of the total Live Register. This compares with 18.6% one year earlier when there were 74,126 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register. In the year to August 2015 the number of casual and part-time workers dropped by 6,638 (-9.0%), with the number of males decreasing by 3,914 (-9.9%) and the number of females decreasing by 2,724 (-7.9%).

Live Register last occupation held: Craft and related (18.3%) remained the largest occupational group on the Live Register in August, despite the fact that the number in the group fell over the year by 11,222 (-14.6%) to 65,705.  The second largest annual percentage decrease was in the Associate professional and technical (-12.5%). The two smallest occupational groups in August were the Associate professional and technical and the Managers and administrators groups which accounted for 2.8% and 4.3% of the Live Register respectively.