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Live Register continues downward trend – CSO

Live Register continues downward trend – CSO

The number of people signing on the Live Register fell again in August to the lowest level since early 2008, the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

The Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 1,500 – down 0.8% – last month, which brought the seasonally adjusted total to 188,500.

The CSO said that on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 0.5% in the number of men signing on in August, while the number of women reduced by 1.3%.

Figures earlier this week from the CSO showed that the monthly rate of unemployment fell to 5.2% in August, down from 5.3% in July.

The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment as it includes part-time workers – those who work up to three days a week – as well as seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA).

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