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Monthly Unemployment

February 2019

 Seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (%)
February 2018136,700 5.8
January 2019136,800 5.7
February 2019135,100 5.6
   Percentage Points
Change in month- 1,700 - 0.1
Change in year- 1,600 - 0.2

Monthly unemployment rate of 5.6% February 2019

Figure 1 Monthly Unemployment rate seasonally adjusted
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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2019 was 5.6%, down from the revised rate of 5.7% in January 2019 and down from 5.8% in February 2018. The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 135,100 in February 2019, down from 136,800 when compared to the January 2019 figure and a decrease of 1,600 when compared to February 2018.

Summary points for February

  • In February 2019 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.6% for males, unchanged from January 2019, and down from 5.9% in February 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females in February 2019 was 5.6%, down from 5.7% in both January 2019 and February 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in February 2019 was 72,600, down from 73,300 in January 2019. In February 2019 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 62,500 a decrease of 1,000 when compared to January 2019.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) was 13.8% in February 2019, a decrease from 13.9% in January 2019.

 

Data in this release are subject to revision, caused by updates to the seasonally adjusted series whenever new monthly data are added. In addition, it should be noted that larger revisions can occur when the most recent Labour Force Survey (LFS) data are included in the calculation process. Revised figures will be produced upon the publication of each new set of benchmark figures from the LFS and these revisions will be included in the LFS release.

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Table 1a Seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment by sex - All persons aged 15-74 years
 
   Number of persons Unemployment rate (%)
   MalesFemalesAll Persons MalesFemalesAll Persons
2017February93,50076,100169,600 7.47.17.3
 March92,80071,300164,100 7.46.67.0
 April92,10066,100158,300 7.36.26.8
 May91,10063,300154,400 7.26.06.6
 June90,30063,300153,600 7.16.06.6
 July89,40066,300155,700 7.16.26.7
 August88,20066,800155,000 6.96.26.6
 September88,70067,700156,500 7.06.36.7
 October89,50065,900155,400 7.06.16.6
 November87,30064,300151,600 6.85.96.4
 December83,60063,000146,600 6.55.86.2
 
2018January77,70061,700139,400 6.15.75.9
 February75,40061,300136,700 5.95.75.8
 March75,60061,900137,500 5.95.75.8
 April77,20062,300139,500 6.05.75.9
 May77,40062,900140,400 6.05.75.9
 June76,40062,700139,100 5.95.75.8
 July74,90062,500137,400 5.85.75.8
 August72,80061,800134,600 5.75.65.6
 September72,80062,300135,000 5.65.75.7
 October72,60062,900135,500 5.65.75.7
 November72,40063,100135,500 5.65.75.6
 December73,20063,600136,800 5.65.75.7
 
2019January73,30063,500136,800 5.65.75.7
 February72,60062,500135,100 5.65.65.6
Table 1b Seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment by sex - persons aged 15-24 years
 
   Number of persons Unemployment rate (%)
   MalesFemalesAll Persons MalesFemalesAll Persons
2017February22,00017,20039,200 15.212.213.7
 March23,40016,80040,200 16.012.014.0
 April25,20016,70041,900 17.212.014.6
 May26,00016,50042,500 17.812.115.0
 June25,10016,80041,900 17.612.815.3
 July22,80017,00039,900 16.713.815.3
 August21,70016,70038,400 16.113.915.1
 September21,50016,50038,000 15.613.614.7
 October21,90015,50037,500 15.312.313.9
 November21,60014,90036,500 14.711.513.2
 December21,30015,40036,600 14.411.813.2
 
2018January20,60016,00036,600 14.112.313.3
 February20,70016,50037,100 14.212.713.5
 March21,50017,20038,700 14.613.213.9
 April22,30017,20039,500 15.113.214.2
 May22,80017,60040,400 15.413.214.4
 June22,70017,50040,200 15.312.914.2
 July22,50017,60040,100 15.112.714.0
 August22,50017,30039,800 15.012.513.8
 September22,20016,80039,000 14.812.213.6
 October21,70016,00037,800 14.412.013.3
 November21,80015,40037,200 14.311.713.1
 December22,90015,70038,700 14.711.913.4
         
2019January23,90016,00039,900 15.412.213.9
 February23,70016,00039,700 15.312.113.8
Table 1c Seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment by sex - persons aged 25-74 years
 
   Number of persons Unemployment rate (%)
   MalesFemalesAll Persons MalesFemalesAll Persons
2017February71,50058,900130,400 6.46.36.4
 March69,40054,500123,900 6.25.86.1
 April66,90049,400116,300 6.05.35.7
 May65,10046,800111,900 5.85.15.5
 June65,20046,500111,700 5.85.05.4
 July66,60049,300115,900 5.95.25.6
 August66,50050,100116,600 5.95.35.6
 September67,20051,200118,500 5.95.45.7
 October67,60050,300117,900 5.95.35.6
 November65,70049,400115,100 5.85.25.5
 December62,40047,600110,000 5.55.05.3
 
2018January57,10045,800102,800 5.04.84.9
 February54,80044,80099,600 4.84.74.8
 March54,10044,70098,800 4.84.74.7
 April54,90045,100100,100 4.84.74.8
 May54,60045,400100,000 4.84.74.8
 June53,70045,20098,900 4.74.74.7
 July52,30044,90097,200 4.64.74.6
 August50,30044,50094,900 4.44.64.5
 September50,50045,50096,000 4.44.74.6
 October50,80046,90097,700 4.54.84.6
 November50,60047,70098,200 4.44.94.6
 December50,20047,80098,100 4.44.94.6
         
2019January49,40047,50096,900 4.34.94.6
 February48,90046,50095,400 4.34.74.5

Background Notes

Purpose

The purpose of this release is to provide a detailed series of monthly unemployment estimates. The release contains both monthly unemployment rates and monthly unemployment volumes. 

Calculation of Monthly Estimates

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) provides benchmark estimates of employment and unemployment for each quarter since the beginning of 1998. These quarterly benchmark estimates are then used to compile monthly data using the Proportional Denton method. The main characteristic of this method is that the monthly Live Register series is used as an indicator to disaggregate the quarterly LFS unemployment series into a monthly series in such a way as to minimise the differences between two consecutive months. It also ensures that the average of three months in a particular calendar quarter is equal to the corresponding LFS estimate.

For months where the quarterly unemployment data is not yet available, the ratio of the LFS monthly estimate to the Live Register monthly estimate (i.e. the benchmark to indicator ratio) is forecast forward in order to extrapolate a monthly LFS estimate. The monthly series is revised each quarter when the latest quarterly data becomes available. This approach adheres to agreed international practice.

Seasonal Adjustment

To correct for typical seasonal patterns, the data series included have been concurrently seasonally adjusted. This seasonal adjustment is completed by applying the X-12-ARIMA model, developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. In the case of these monthly unemployment estimates, seasonal adjustment is conducted using the indirect approach, where each individual series is independently adjusted.  To preserve consistency between the individual and aggregate series, the series for gender, age group and total monthly unemployed are then created from these component series. The series for monthly unemployment rates are likewise created from these component series.

Additional Background Information

Further information regarding the LFS and Live Register series are available from each respective release, while specific information regarding the new LFS and the impact of the revisions arising from the Census of Population 2016 is available in an additional information note.

Labour Force Survey Q4 2017

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