On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 1,600 in May 2014, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 391,800. In unadjusted terms there were 388,764 people signing on the Live Register in May 2014. This represents an annual decrease of 32,973 (-7.8 percent).
The number of long term claimants was 183,370 in May, this represents 47.2 percent of all claimants. 52.8 percent (205,394) of all claimants on the Live Register were short term claimants. The comparable figure for May 2013 was 54.5 percent (229,740).
There were 76,762 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in May 2014, which represents 19.7 percent of the total Live Register. This compares with 20.9 percent one year earlier when there were 87,943 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register.