By Lylian Fotabong
The number of people signing on the Live Register in Ireland decreased by a total of 1,800 in just one month in 2015.
According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), there were 328,600 (-0.5%) people on the Live Register in December in 2015. This is down from 330,400 in November of the same year.
The figures, which were published today, also showed that there were more males leaving the “dole” than females, which indicate a level of gender dependency on the “dole”.
The statistics revealed that up to 1000 males signed off the Live Register. This compared with 800 females.
By the same time in 2014, there were 363,900 signed on the Live Register. This means between 2014 and 2015, there 35,300 people fewer on the “dole”.
The government body revealed that this period also witnessed a decrease in the number of males who stayed on the “dole”. In 2014, they were 216,339 males, as opposed to 191,219 in the year 2015. This represent a decrease of 25,120 (-11.6%)
There was also a drop in the number of females who signed on the dole. In 2014, there were 139,773 females and in 2015, there were 130,397. This was a decrease of 9,817 (-6.6%).
In other figures, the number of people on long term claimants in December 2015 stood at 146,174 while those on short term was at 175,442.
When compared with the same period in 2014, there were 191,316 on a short term, which represent a reduction of 15,874 (-8.3%).
The year continued to that of a decrease. This time, however, not very good news in the job front. There were fewer people in casual or part time work. In 2015, there were 65,678 people partly employed, when compared with 72,362 in the previous year.
In addition to these figures, by the end of the year, there were 24,892 new claimants on the Live Register. 10,647 signed up for Jobseeker’s Benefit and 12,907 signed up for 12,907 Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Meanwhile, the number of people in employment reached an all-time high in 2015, scoring the magic number 2160.60 when compared to 1500/10 in the year 1998, when it marked a record low.