Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., has welcomed the latest Live Register figures which were published yeaterday by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). They show that the Live Register figure now stands at 196,261 people.
This represents a year on year decrease of 15.8% since November 2017, a decrease of 28.2% since November 2016 and a month-on-month fall of 1.5% compared with October 2018.
On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 3,100 people (-1.5%) in November 2018, bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 207,200. The number of people on the seasonally adjusted Live Register in November 2018 is also the lowest number recorded since May 2008.
Minister Doherty commented:
“Today’s CSO report on the Live Register is a very positive and welcome one. Today’s figure represents the lowest number of people on the Live Register recorded since May 2008.
Three out of five people on the Live Register today are classified as short term claimants. With regard to long term claimants – people on the Live Register for one year or more – I am particularly pleased to see that there has been an overall annual decrease of just over 18% of long-term claimants on the register, reflecting the impressive recovery in the working environment.
Many of those who have left the Live Register and returned to work will have been helped to do so by the supports from my Department and the buoyant economy created by current government policies. My priority now is to deliver the necessary supports and innovations to guarantee that everyone has a fair chance to get work as more and more jobs become available.”