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Saturday 19 April 2014

Live register drops to lowest figure in four years

The number of Irish people on the live register has dropped to its lowest point since 2009.

On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 3,700 in October of this year, meaning there has been a reduction in the total to 409,000.

On an unadjusted basis, there were 396,512 people signing on the Live Register in October 2013, equating to an annual decrease of 23,660.

This is first time since 2009 that the unadjusted Live Register total has been below 400,000.

The number of male and female claimants overall has also dropped.

Males claiming the live register dropped by 8.1%, while females dropped by 1.2%.

The live register features full-time and part-time workers, as well as seasonal employees, who are entitled to Jobseeker's benefits and allowances.

The latest figures, released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) also reflect a general decline in long-term claimants in men, but noted an increase in women.

The number of males decreased by 5.6%, while females increased by 3.2% for long-term use.

In particular, those over the age of 25 on the live register dropped 4.7%, and those under 25 also saw a drop by 10.5% in the last year.

The percentage of persons aged under 25 on the Live Register now stands at 15.8% for October 2013, down from 16.6% in October 2012.

There were 33,173 new registrants on the Live Register in October 2013.

Approximately 4,691 male and 3,603 female new registrants joined the Live Register each week of the month.

Irish Independent

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