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News : Irish Economy Last Updated: Jul 4, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Irish Economy 2013: 499,300 on Live Register and in activation schemes in June
By Michael Hennigan, Finfacts founder and editor
Jul 3, 2013 - 11:41 AM

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Irish Economy 2013: There was a total of 499,300 people on the Live Register and publicly-funded activation schemes in June. On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 2,500 in June 2013, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 422,900.  The broad level of unemployment was at 24%.

The number of people availing of a range of programmes targeted primarily at the long-term unemployed (over 12 months) and other welfare recipients, including Lone Parents, was at  76,400 people in May 2013, which is a decrease of 171 (-0.2%) from the previous year, when there were 76,565 people in activation programmes. Persons on activation programmes are not counted as part of the monthly Live Register.

The CSO said today that in unadjusted terms there were 435,357 people signing on the Live Register in June 2013. This represents an annual decrease of 16,617 (-3.7%). 

The standardised unemployment rate (SUR) in June 2013 was 13.6%, down from 13.7% in May 2013. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from the most recent Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) was 13.7% in the first quarter of 2013.

However, the IMF said last month: "if discouraged workers and involuntary part-time workers were included, overall unemployment would have remained above 24%." See Page 6 here [pdf].

SEE also: Irish Economy 2013: Unofficial rate of unemployment remains over 20%

Other features include: On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 2,800 males in June 2013, while females increased by 300 over the same period.

The number of male claimants decreased by 15,774 (-5.5%) to 270,937 over the year while female claimants showed little change decreasing by 843 (-0.5%) to 164,420. This compares with a decrease of 9,438 (-3.2%) to 286,711 for males and an increase of 3,464 (+2.1%) to 165,263 for females
in the year to June 2012.

Live Register duration of continuous registration: The number of long term claimants on the Live Register in June 2013 was 197,508. As noted above, this number excludes individuals in activation programmes

The number of male long term claimants decreased by 4,281 (-3.0%) in the year to June 2013, while females increased by 2,540 (+4.4%) giving an overall annual decrease of 1,741 (-0.9%) in the number of long term claimants.

In June 54.6% (237,849) of all claimants on the Live Register were short term claimants. The comparable figure for June 2012 was 55.9% (252,725). The annual fall of 14,876 (-5.9%) in the number of short term claimants consisted of a decrease of 11,493 (-7.9%) in the number of male short term claimants and a decrease of 3,383 (-3.2%) in female short term claimants.

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