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Live Register figures ease by 0.2% in March – CSO

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the seasonally adjusted Live Register total for March decreased by 400 to 174,500 people – a fall of 0.2%.

The CSO said the unadjusted Live Register total stood at 173,396 people for March and of these 54.6% were men.

Today’s figures show that the 35-44 age group made up the largest number of those on the Live Register in March at 40,797 people or 23.5% of the total.

Meanwhile, a total of 18,860 people under the age of 25 were on the Live Register in March – accounting for 10.9% of all claimants.

The counties that saw the largest increase in the number of people on the Live Register last month were Meath, with an increase of 10.6%, while Laois saw a rise of 4.7%.

The CSO said that 21,237 people were benefitting from the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive included in the Live Register figures for March, a fall of 757 people from February.

The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment as it includes part-time workers as well as seasonal and casual workers who are entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Figures earlier this week from the CSO showed that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 4.3%, up from the rate of 4.2% recorded in February and from 4.1% in March of last year.

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