Live Register Total Falls Again as Job Market Continues to Tighten

Another 3,900 people left state job supports last month, a reflection of the tightening of the labor market, figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show.

There were 177,100 people on the Live Register in April. The number of people receiving benefits has dropped dramatically since the removal of Covid-19 restrictions and the end of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) in March.

The CSO noted that the PUP scheme has now ended and final payments have been issued for the week ending March 25. All PUP recipients were transferred to the Jobseeker scheme or had their PUP claim closed, he added.

In March, 436,056 people were on the Living Registry or were benefiting from the PUP, the Temporary Wage Support Scheme (TWSS) or the Employment Wage Support Scheme (EWSS). This was down from the pandemic high of just under 1.2 million in April 2020.

The Live Register is not a measure of unemployment, as people with part-time jobs may be entitled to benefits, but it does broadly track improvements in the labor market.

The state’s official jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in April, down from 5.1 percent the previous month, around the pre-Covid level.

The decline in the unemployment rate here comes despite continued uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine and rising cost-of-living concerns.

A decline in real income caused by higher inflation is expected to weigh on overall growth and activity in the coming months.

Separate production data from the CSO showed manufacturing output rose nearly 13 percent in the first quarter of 2022, but was 5.7 percent lower on a year-over-year basis.

Manufacturing in the Republic is dominated by multinationals in the life sciences sector.

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