Saturday 22 July 2017

Unemployment rate falls again, but men still in less jobs than women

Unemployment has fallen to 6.2pc in April (Stock image)
Unemployment has fallen to 6.2pc in April (Stock image)

Ellie Donnelly

The unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 per cent last month, official figures from the CSO show.

The rate of unemployment is down 2.2pc year-on-year from April 2016.

The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 135,800 in April 2017, down from 140,600 when compared to the March 2017 figure and a decrease of 47,300 when compared to April 2016.

“Seeing the unemployment rate for April drop down to 6.2pc from 6.4pc last month and from 8.4pc this time last year is very positive. It is important that we continue with our policies to ensure that job creation continues to grow right across the country,” Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor said.

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In April 2017 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7pc for males, down from 6.9pc in March 2017 and down from 9.7pc in April 2016.

The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in April 2017 was 81,400. This is a decrease of 2,000 when compared to the March 2017 figure of 83,400.

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Meanwhile the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females in April 2017 was 5.5pc, down from 5.7pc in March 2017 and down from 6.8pc in April 2016.

In April 2017 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 54,400, a decrease of 2,800 when compared to March 2017.

Youth unemployment also decreased to 12.9pc in April 2017, from 13.7pc in March 2017.

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