Irish Unemployment Rate Falls Further


Irish seasonally adjusted jobless rate decreased to 10.1 percent in February of 2015 from a revised 10.3 percent in the previous month. The unemployment rate fell for the tenth straight month, reaching a fresh 6-year low due to a 1.2 percent drop in the number of people entitled to unemployment benefits.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the number of people entitled to unemployment benefits (the Live Register) recorded a monthly decrease of 4,300 (-1.2 percent) to 355,600.

In unadjusted terms there were 355,124 people signing on the Live Register in February 2015.  This represents an annual decrease of 42,945 (-10.8 percent). 

The number of long term claimants was 162,776.  The number of male long term claimants decreased by 16,836 (-13.6 percent) in the year to February 2015, while females decreased by 884 (-1.6 percent), giving an overall annual decrease of 17,720 (-9.8 percent) in the number of long term claimants. 

54.2 percent of all claimants were short term claimants. The comparable figure for February 2014 was 54.7 percent. 

There were 72,155 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in February 2015, which represents 20.3 percent of the total Live Register. This compares with 20.4 percent one year earlier.

Irish Unemployment Rate Falls Further


CSO | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
3/4/2015 11:17:18 AM