Irish Economy
Irish Live Register + public scheme numbers in November at 451,000 - 21% of workforce
By Michael Hennigan, Finfacts founder and editor
Dec 3, 2014 - 2:22 PM

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Irish Economy:  The number of people on the Live Register at the end of November + unemployed people who were  in publicly funded jobs and education course schemes, was at 451,000 or 21% of the workforce.

On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly fall of 4,100 (-1.1%) in November 2014, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 367,100 but the numbers in schemes rose 7,900 to 83,534 in October (data is one month delayed and we are assuming the same total at the end of November.)

The official standardised unemployment rate (SUR) in November 2014 was 10.7%, down from the revised figure of 10.9% in October 2014.  The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from the most recent Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) was 11.1% in the third quarter of 2014.

The CSO says the Live Register includes part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA).  Unemployment is measured by the Quarterly National Household Survey and the latest estimated number of persons unemployed as of the third quarter of 2014 was 245,500 - adding 83,534 brings the rate to 15%.

In September 124,000 part-time workers were seeking full-time work, and using the US definition of the "broad rate of unemployment" brings the total rate to 21%.

On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 4,100 (-1.1%) in November 2014, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 367,100.

In unadjusted terms there were 352,647 people signing on the Live Register in November 2014.  This represents an annual decrease of 38,860 (-9.9%).

Other features include:

  • On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 2,500 (-1.1%) males in November 2014, while females decreased by 1,600 (-1.1%) over the same period. See table 2(a).
  • The number of male claimants decreased by 28,821 (-11.8%) to 214,726 in the year to November 2014, while female claimants decreased by 10,048 (-6.8%) to 137,921. This compares with a decrease of 22,832 (-8.6%) to 243,538 for males, while female claimants showed a decrease of 2,938 (-1.9%) to 147,969 in the year to November 2013.

The number of long term claimants on the Live Register in November 2014 was 166,472.  The number of male long term claimants decreased by 13,935 (-11.3%) in the year to November 2014, while females increased by 649 (+1.2%), giving an overall annual decrease of 13,286 (-7.4%) in the number of long term claimants.

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