Wednesday 21 March 2018

Number of people signing on drops to lowest level since October 2008

This represents 3,900 less people signing on monthly basis (Stock picture)
This represents 3,900 less people signing on monthly basis (Stock picture)
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The number of people signing on the live register has dropped by 1.4pc in March 2017, the lowest recorded since October 2008.

According to the latest figures from the CSO, this represents 3,900 less people signing on compared with the previous month.

In March, there were 267,202 persons signing on - an annual decrease of 48,162 people (down 15.3pc compared with the previous year).

At a glance - March 2017:

Credit: CSO
Credit: CSO
  • Monthly decrease of 2,300 (down 1.5pc) of men signing on
  • Number of women signing on has dropped by 1,600 (down 1.4pc) compared with previous month
  • Male claimants decreased by 30,505 (down 16.4pc) to 155,716 on an annual basis - compared with decrease of 25,671 (down 12.1pc) to 186,221 in year to March 2016
  • Number of female claimants decreased by 17,657 (down 13.7%) to 111,486 year on year - compared with decrease of 7,362 (down 5.4pc) to 129,143 in the year to March 2016
  • The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (Thursday) welcomed the publication of the latest Live Register figures, showing a continuing fall in the numbers of people signing on. The seasonally adjusted figures show a decline of 3,900 compared to the February figures and a decline of 48,162 compared to the March 2016 figures.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the news that unemployment is decreasing but warned of challenges ahead.

"These figures, combined with the CSO monthly figures on Tuesday which showed a drop in unemployment from 6.6pc to 6.4pc demonstrate significant and continuing progress in the direction of full employment in this country," she said.  

"I am however extremely conscious of the challenges ahead, particularly Brexit-related challenges. For that reason, with my Department, the agencies under my remit IDA,Enterprise Ireland,LEOs and InterTrade Ireland and the Government, I will continue our strong focus on building the optimum environment for employment growth right across our country."

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