Unemployment increases marginally in July
Unemployment was up marginally to 6.4pc in July from 6.3pc in June, according to the latest Central Statistics Office (CSO) report.
In July, the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 141,100, up from 139,900 when compared to the June 2017 figure and a decrease of 35,800 when compared to July 2016 when unemployment was 8.1pc.
At a glance
In July 2017 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.2pc for males, up from 7.1pc in June 2017, and down from 9.3pc in July 2016.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females in July 2017 was 5.4pc, unchanged from June 2017, and down from 6.6pc in July 2016.
The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in July 2017 was 86,700. This is an increase of 700 when compared to the June 2017 figure of 86,000.
In July 2017 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 54,500, an increase of 500 when compared to June 2017.
Youth unemployment also crept up in July to 12.3pc from 12pc in June.
While youth unemployment has reduced considerably in the past six months – from 14.5pc in December 2016, it remains high.