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News : Irish Economy Last Updated: Jan 27, 2015 - 2:19 AM

Irish Economy 2014: Live Register + Public Scheme numbers at 452,000 in September
By Michael Hennigan, Finfacts founder and editor
Oct 1, 2014 - 11:43 AM

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Irish Economy 2014:  The CSO said today that standardised unemployment rate (SUR) in September 2014 was 11.1%, down from 11.2% in August 2014.  The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from the most recent Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) was 11.5% in the second quarter of 2014. On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 4,700 (-1.2%) in September 2014, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 374,800 - -  we have used the unadjusted total of 370,000 and added 20,000 to the August public scheme total of 62,000 as in September, the normal pattern in recent years is that that 20,000-25,000 return to 'Back to Education' schemes  for the unemployed every September.

In unadjusted terms there were 370,050 people signing on the Live Register in September 2014.  This represents an annual decrease of 38,620 (-9.5%).

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Other features include:

  • On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 3,400 (-1.5%) males in September 2014, while females decreased by 1,300 (-0.9%) over the same period.
  • The number of male claimants decreased by 29,227 (-11.5%) to 224,819 in the year to September 2014, while female claimants decreased by 9,393 (-6.1%) to 145,231. This compares with a decrease of 19,743 (-7.2%) to 254,046 for males, while female claimants showed a decrease of 922 (-0.6%) to 154,624 in the year to September 2013.

The number of long term claimants on the Live Register in September 2014 was 178,388.  The number of male long term claimants decreased by 12,031 (-9.3%) in the year to September 2014, while females increased by 1,538 (+2.6%), giving an overall annual decrease of 10,493 (-5.6%) in the number of long term claimants.

In September 2014, 51.8% (191,662) of all claimants on the Live Register were short term claimants.  The comparable figure for September 2013 was 53.8% (219,789).  The annual fall of 28,127 (-12.8%) in the number of short term claimants consisted of a decrease of 17,196 (-13.9%) in the number of male short term claimants and a decrease of 10,931 (-11.4%) in female short term claimants.

Live Register casual and part-time workers: There were 71,744 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in September 2014, which represents 19.4% of the total Live Register.  This compares with 20.1% one year earlier when there were 82,295 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register.  In the year to September 2014 the number of casual and part-time workers decreased by 10,551 (-12.8%), with the number of males decreasing by 6,195 (-13.9%) and the number of females decreasing by 4,356 (-11.6%). See table 8.

Activation Programmes: Data up to the end of August 2014 on 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) is provided in the Annex – Live Register Activation Programmes table.

There were 62,937 people availing of these programmes in August 2014, which is an increase of 551 (0.9%) from the previous year, when there were 62,386 people in activation programmes.

Persons on activation programmes are not counted as part of the monthly Live Register.

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