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The number of people on the Live Register fell by 1,300 in January (Stock photo)

The number of people on the Live Register fell by 1,300 in January (Stock photo)

The number of people on the Live Register fell by 1,300 in January (Stock photo)

The number of people signing on the Live Register is now at the lowest level since January 2008, underlining a significant growth in employment.

New figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal that the number of benefit claimants fell by 1,300 in January to bring the seasonally adjusted total to 183,900.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 800 for males in January 2020, while females decreased by 400 over the same period.

On an unadjusted basis, the number of male claimants decreased by 8,549 to 104,605 in the year to January 2020, while female claimants decreased by 7,323.

The figures, which do not measure unemployment, includes part-time workers, seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The number of long-term claimants on the Live Register last month was 67,705.

Male long-term claimants fell by 7,057 (-15.1pc), while females decreased by 4,248 (-13.2pc), giving an overall annual decrease of 11,305 (-14.3pc) in the number of long-term claimants.

In contrast, 63.2pc (116,050) of those on the Live Register were short term claimants, a decrease of 3pc compared to the same time last year.

There were 36,355 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in January 2020, which represents 19.8pc of the total Live Register. This compares with 20.7pc one year earlier when there were 41,240 casual and part-time workers signed on.

Meanwhile, the percentage of people aged under 25 on the Live Register stood at 10.1pc in December, up from 10pc in December 2018 and down from 10.4pc in December 2017.

Craft and related workers remain the largest occupational group on the Live Register, falling from 2,711 in 2019 to 31,393.

People in sales had the largest annual percentage decrease (-11.8pc), followed by plant and machine operatives group (-10.7pc) in January 2020.

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