Live Register


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Persons on the Live Register, unadjusted and seasonally adjusted, classified by age group and sex; seasonally adjusted standardised unemployment rates; persons on the Live Register classified by region, by province, by county, by local office of registration, by broad occupational group of last occupation held, by nationality, by social welfare scheme and by duration of continuous registration; casual and part-time workers on the Live Register classified by sex; summary of flows on and off the Live Register classified by sex.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


Returns made to the CSO by each local office of the Department of Social Protection.


All persons under 65 years of age in the following classes: claimants for Jobseekers Benefit excluding systematic short-time workers; applicants for Jobseekers Allowance excluding smallholders/farm assists and other self-employed persons; other registrants including applicants for credited Social Welfare contributions but excluding those directly involved in an industrial dispute.



Reference period

The measurement is taken at the last Friday of the month.

Start date

Varying start dates, with the initial classifications from January 1967


Typically the first Wednesday after the end of the reference period. Local office results are available at 11am on the following day.


  • Province
    Leinster; Munster; Connacht; Ulster (part).
  • Region (NUTS2, NUTS3)
    Border, Midland and Western (Border; Midland; West); Southern and Eastern (Dublin; Mid-East; Mid-West; South-East; South-West).
  • County
    The 26 geographic counties, except that Tipperary NR and Tipperary SR are distinguished.
  • Local office
    All Department of Social and Family Affairs local and branch offices listed.
  • Registrants
    Jobseekers Benefit (JB) claims; Jobseekers Allowance (JA) applications; Other registrants.
  • Age
    25 years; 25+ years.
  • Nationality
    United Kingdom; EU15 excl Ireland & the UK; EU15 to EU27 states; Other; Non-Irish nationals; Irish nationals.
  • Broad occupational group
    Managers and administrators; Professional; Associate professional and technical; Clerical and secretarial; Craft and related; Personal and protective service; Sales; Plant and machine operatives; Other occupation; No occupation.
  • Sex
    Males; Females; All persons.


Labour Market and Earnings - Labour Market

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