New figures released from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show the first increase in employment in Ireland since 2008.
The figures, released today as part of the Quarterly National Household Survey show that there was an increase of 0.1 per cent or 1200 jobs up to the final quarter of 2012.
They show a decrease of 19,200 in the number of unemployed for the quarter, bringing the total figure down to 294, 600. This is the first recorded increase in employment since the second quarter of 2008.
The total number of persons in the labour force in the same quarter was 2,143,500, representing a decrease of 18,000 or 0.8 per cent over the year.
Seasonally adjusted figures
** Seasonally adjusted figures for February, also released today by the CSO showed a small dip of 1400 people from January to February signing on to the Live Register. These figures include a decrease of 1,200 males, while the number of females signing on decreased by 200.
This brings the seasonally adjusted total on the Live Register to 428, 800.
The standard unemployment rate in February was 14.1 per cent and this remained unchanged from the revised level in January.
The number of long-term claimants on the Live Register in February 2013 increased to 189,467.
Male long term claimants increased by 0.1 per cent to 171, while the comparable increase for females was 9.2 per cent giving a total of 4,741.
The overall annual increase for long-term claimants was 4,912 or 2.7 per cent.
In the year to February 2013 the number of persons aged 25 and over on the Live Register decreased by 1.1 per cent or 3,971, while those under the age of 25 decreased by 8.8 per cent.
** Seasonally adjusted Live Register figures include part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), and seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit or Allowance.
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