The latest release from the CSO’s live register suggests that unemployment (as measured using the Quarterly National Household Survey Methodology) is holding steady at 14.7%. However, the live register figures which were released by the CSO, while not precise measures of unemployment as they account for people who are engaged in part time employment and seasonal and casual workers, can provide an insight as to what is happening within this 14.7%. Using the live register it is possible to gauge general trends in the labour force. Here we will break the live register down by gender, age and previous occupations.
Figure 1 shows that the majority of people represented on the live register are males. This is unsurprising given the predominance of male workers in the construction industry prior to the collapse in this sector of the economy in 2008. Males now make up almost 75% of those registered on the live register.
Figure 2 shows teat the proportion of those on the live register aged under 25 is remaining constant at approximately 25% of the total number of the live register. This suggests that the recent increases in the number of people on the live register derive from individuals aged over 25.
Interestingly, when we break down where people worked before signing onto the live register we can see a marked difference between male and female workers. Figure 3 and 4 show that for males most individuals are signing onto the live register from Craft and Related industries while for females most individuals are signing onto the live register from sales and personal and protective services.
Justin Doran is a Lecturer in Economics, in the Department of Economics, University College Cork, Ireland.