Unemployment rate at 4.4% in May 2019

The unemployment rate stands at 4.4% according to the Central Statistics Office Ireland (CSO). Male unemployment is at 4.7%, while female unemployment is at 4.2%. Youth unemployment (15 - 24 year olds) stands at 10%, while those over 25 years of age have an unemployment rate of 3.7%.

Social Protection Minister Regina O'Doherty welcomed the news, saying, “I particularly welcome the latest statistics published by the CSO today which show that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 4.4%, down from 5.9% at the same time last year and the lowest recorded unemployment rate since February 2005".

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2019 was 4.4%, down from 4.6% in April 2019 and down from 5.9% in May 2018.

The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 108,200 in May 2019, down from 111,300 when compared to the April 2019 figure and a decrease of 33,200 when compared to May 2018.

In May 2019 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7% for males, down from 4.9% in April 2019, and down from 6.1% in May 2018.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females in May 2019 was 4.2%, down from 4.3% in April 2019, and down from 5.8% in May 2018.

The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in May 2019 was 60,800, down from 63,200 in April 2019. In May 2019 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 47,300 a decrease of 800 when compared to April 2019.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) was 10.0% in May 2019, a decrease from 10.3% in April 2019.