Saturday 18 January 2020

Number of people on Live Register drops to lowest level since October 2008

There were 44,120 less (-14.4pc) people signing than the previous year (Stock image)
There were 44,120 less (-14.4pc) people signing than the previous year (Stock image)

Louise Kelly

The number of people on the Live Register dropped by 2,200 on a monthly comparison in May 2017 - the lowest recorded since October 2008.

On an annual basis, there were 44,120 less (-14.4pc) people signing on as 262,702 people were recorded on the Live Register last month.

The figures of long term claimants, both male and female, also dropped; the number of men dropping by 19,083 (-21.5pc) in the year to May 2017 and the number of women dropping by 7,570 (-14.6pc).

The represents an overall annual decrease of 26,653 (-19.0pc) in the number of long term claimants.

Short term claimants on the Live Register also dropped in number, with the annual fall of 17,467 (-10.5pc) consisting of a decrease of 9,689 (-10.5pc) in the number of men and a decrease of 7,778 (-10.5pc) in female short term claimants.

The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment; It includes part-time workers, seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA). 

There were 56,966 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in May 2017, 21.7pc of the total signing on.

Compared with the previous 12 months, the number of casual and part-time workers decreased by 6,852 (-10.7pc).

The percentage of people aged under 25 on the Live Register now stands at 11.5pc for May 2017, down from 12.3pc in May 2016 and 13.6pc in May 2015.

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