Number of long-term claimants on the live register down almost 20pc in twelve months
There has been a decrease of 19.1pc in the number of long-term claimants on the live register since April 2016.
The number of male long-term claimants decreased by 18,986 or 21.7pc in the year to April 2017, while females long-term claimants decreased by 7,390 or 14.6pc according to the latest figures from the CSO.
In April 2017, 57.6pc, that is 151,610, of all claimants on the Live Register were short-term claimants.
The number of people signing on the live register overall dropped 1.7pc in April to 266,600 people, the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since October 2008.
In unadjusted terms there were 263,417 persons signing on the live register in April 2017. This represents an annual decrease of 42,123 or 13.8pc.
The overall number of male claimants decreased by 28,733 or 15.8pc to 152,653 in the year to April 2017, while female claimants overall decreased by 13,390 or 10.8pc to 110,764.
“It is very positive to see that there is a continuous fall in the numbers of people on the live register. I’m greatly encouraged to see that numbers on the Live Register have fallen across all regions. We are heading towards full employment and I am determined that our focus remains on continuing to create the right environment for job growth right across the country,” Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said.