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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Monthly Unemployment

December 2018

 Seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (%)
December 2017147,100 6.2
November 2018127,700 5.3
December 2018127,100 5.3
   Percentage Points
Change in month- 600  0.0
Change in year- 20,000 - 0.9

Monthly unemployment rate of 5.3% December 2018

Figure 1 Monthly Unemployment rate seasonally adjusted
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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2018 was 5.3%, unchanged from November 2018 and down from 6.2% in December 2017. The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 127,100 in December 2018, down from 127,700 when compared to the November 2018 figure and a decrease of 20,000 when compared to December 2017.

Summary points for December

  • In December 2018 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.3% for males, unchanged from November 2018, and down from 6.5% in December 2017.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females in December 2018 was 5.3%, down from 5.4% in November 2018 and down from 5.8% in December 2017.
  • The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in December 2018 was 68,400, down from 68,700 in November 2018. In December 2018 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 58,700, a decrease of 300 when compared to November 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) was 12.2% in December 2018, a decrease from 12.3% in November 2018.

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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