Wednesday, September 05 11:05:57
On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 2,000 in August 2012, bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 434,400, latest figures from the CSO reveal today.
The standardised unemployment rate (SUR) in August 2012 was 14.7pc, unchanged from the latest July 2012 rate. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from the most recent Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) was 14.8pc in the first quarter of 2012.
In unadjusted terms there were 456,256 people signing on the Live Register in August 2012. This represents an annual decrease of 13,457 (-2.9pc), the figures show.
The trend in the overall Live Register continues to be one of movement within a small range.
On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 600 males in August 2012, while females decreased by 1,300 over the same period.
The number of male claimants decreased by 10,228 (-3.4pc) to 286,625 over the year and female claimants decreased by 3,229 (-1.9pc) to 169,631.
This compares with a decrease of 3,098 (-1.0pc) to 296,853 for males and an increase of 5,888 (+3.5pc), to 172,860 for females in the year to August 2011.
The number of long term claimants on the Live Register in August 2012 was 201,513. The number of male long term claimants increased by 3,834 (+2.8pc) in the year to August 2012, while the comparable increase for females was 6,101 (+11.4pc) giving an overall annual increase of 9,935 (+5.2pc) in the number of long term claimants.