Belfast Telegraph

Number of people on Live Register declines – CSO

The figure fell by 100 people in July to 190,300 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

The Live Register analyses the numbers of people registering for jobseeker’s benefit or jobseeker’s allowance (Niall Carson/PA)
The Live Register analyses the numbers of people registering for jobseeker’s benefit or jobseeker’s allowance (Niall Carson/PA)

The number of people signing on the Live Register has decreased to a record low since 2008, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

The figure fell by 100 people in July to 190,300 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

It is the lowest number of people recorded claiming unemployment benefits in the seasonally adjusted series since February 2008.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the number of men on the register decreased by 300 in July, while the number of women on the register increased by 100 in the same period.

In unadjusted terms, there has been a 12% decrease in the past 12 months to 206,396 people signing on the register last month.

This represents a decrease of 28,049 people since July last year.

The number of long-term claimants on the register was down 18% in the past 12 months to 76,658 in July.

The CSO said the percentage of people aged under 25 signing on to the register now stands at 10.9%, down from 11.1% in July 2018 and 11.7% in July 2017.

The Live Register analyses the numbers of people registering for jobseeker’s benefit or jobseeker’s allowance.

It is not designed to measure unemployment as it includes part-time workers – those who work up to three days a week – and seasonal and casual workers who are entitled to benefits.

Almost a fifth – or some 37,000 – of those on the register last month were casual and part-time workers.

Earlier this week, CSO figures showed the unemployment rate had increased slightly to 4.6% last month, but it was down from 5.8% in July last year.

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