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News : Irish Economy Last Updated: Jan 7, 2011 - 7:03 AM

Irish Live Register: Monthly increase of 5,200 to 437,079 in December; Non-Irish nationals fell by 874 in 2010 to 76,645
By Finfacts Team
Jan 6, 2011 - 10:59 AM

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Source: CSO

Irish Live Register: On a seasonally adjusted basis there was a monthly increase of 5,200 in the Live Register in December 2010. The number of persons on the Live Register now stands at 437,079 which represents an annual increase of 13,484 (+3.2%) in the unadjusted series. This compares with an increase of 11,497 (+2.8%) in the year to November 2010, according to the Central Statistics Office. The number of non-Irish nationals fell by 874 in 2010 to 76,645.

January of 2009 represented the spike in claimant increases in any month, with a record 33,000, or 11.3%, rise - - 26,700 additions in February, 20,000 in March; 15,800 in April; 13,500 in May; 11,400 in June; 10,500 in July; 5,400 in August and 600 in September.

The total fell 3,000 in October; rose 900 in November and another 3,300 were added in December, to bring the end 2009 total to 426,700. The total fell by 500 in April 2010 and rose to a record 439,100 in May.

June saw 5,800 added, to a then new all-time record: 444,900. 8,500 further claimants were added in July and 2,500 in August to bring the total to a massive 455,000 (unadjusted). There was a fall of 5,400 in September, 6,600 in October and 4,200 in November.

Other features include:

  • There was an increase of 4,800 males and 400 females in the seasonally adjusted series in December.

  • The average net weekly increase in the seasonally adjusted series in December 2010 was 1,040, which compares with a weekly decrease of 1,050 in the previous month.

The standardised unemployment rate in December was 13.4%, up from 13.2% in November. This compares with 13.6% in the third quarter of 2010, the latest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from the Quarterly National Household Survey.

The CSO says that the Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment. It includes part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseekers Benefit or Allowance. Unemployment is measured by the Quarterly National Household Survey and the latest seasonally adjusted figure, for July to September 2010, is 288,500 persons unemployed.

Live Register schemes analysis

In December there were 125,075 Jobseekers Benefit (JB) claimants on the Live Register, a monthly increase of 6,075 (+5.1%), while the number of Jobseekers Allowance (JA) applicants increased by 5,597 (+2.0%) to 285,368. Other registrants increased by 405 (+1.5%) to 26,636.

In the year to December 2010 JB claims fell by 40,232 (-24.3%), while JA applications and other registrants increased by 46,289 (+19.4%) and 7,427 (+38.7%) respectively.

In December there were 42,615 new registrants on the Live Register, which compares with 40,787 in the previous month. New registrants consisted of 22,871 JB claims (53.7%), 18,084 JA applications (42.4%) and 1,660 other registrants (3.9%). On average 5,454 male and 3,069 female new registrants joined the Live Register each week in December. By comparison, in December 2009, 7,009 male and 3,839 female new registrants joined the Live Register each week.

It should be noted that the number of new registrants is not the same as the overall change in the number of people on the Live Register which is affected by closed claims and the movement of people between schemes.

Live Register regional analysis

There was an unadjusted monthly increase of 12,077 (+2.8%) on the Live Register in December. This increase was reflected in all of the eight regions, with the largest percentage increase in the South-East region (+3.9%), followed by the West region (+3.3%). The smallest increase was in Dublin (+1.6%).

The unadjusted annual increase of 3.2% on the Live Register in the year to December 2010 was reflected in all of the eight regions. The largest percentage increase was in the Midland region (+6.8%), followed by the Mid-East region (+6.0%). The smallest percentage increase was recorded in Dublin (+0.8%).

Live Register occupational groups

Craft and related (26.3%) was the largest occupational group on the Live Register in December, followed by Plant and machine operatives (16.0%). In December 2009 Craft and related (27.4%) and Plant and machine operatives (16.1%) were also the largest occupational groups.

In the year to December 2010 four occupational groups showed Live Register increases. The largest percentage increase was in the Other occupation group (+12.2%), while the next largest increases were in the Personal and protective service (+8.8%) and Sales (+7.0%) groups. The largest percentage decrease was in the Managers and administrators group (-5.0%).

Live Register duration of continuous registration

There was a monthly unadjusted increase of 7,080 (+2.6%) in short term (less than one year) claimants on the Live Register in December. The number of long term claimants increased by 4,997 (+3.3%). The monthly change in short term claimants consisted of an increase of 4,464 males and an increase of 2,616 females.

For long term claimants males showed an increase of 4,110 while females increased by 887.

In December approximately two thirds (281,755) of all claimants on the Live Register were short term claimants. The comparable figure for December 2009 was 328,477 (77.5%). The fall of 46,722 over the year consisted of a decrease of 38,238 in the number of male short term claimants and a decrease of 8,484 in female short term claimants.

In the year to December 2010 the number of long term male claimants increased by 44,186 (+62.8%), while the comparable increase for females was 16,020 (+64.6%).

Live Register casual and part-time workers

There were 82,058 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in December, which represents 18.8% of the total Live Register. This compares with 17.5% one year earlier when there were 73,999 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register.

In the year to December 2010 the number of casual and part-time workers increased by 8,059 (+10.9%), with the number of males increasing by 4,017 (+10.2%) and the number of females increasing by 4,042 (+11.7%).

Live Register nationality groupings

In December Irish Nationals accounted for 82.5% (360,434) of the number of persons on the Live Register. There was a monthly increase of 10,214 (+2.9%) in Irish nationals and an increase of 1,863 (+2.5%) in non-Irish nationals. Of the 76,645 non-Irish nationals, the largest constituent group on the Live Register were nationals from the EU15 to EU27 States (42,198), followed by the UK (17,855).

In the year to December 2010 the number of Irish nationals on the Live Register increased by 14,358 (+4.1%), while the number of non-Irish nationals decreased by 874 (-1.1%).

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