Wednesday, January 30 11:16:25
The standardised unemployment rate (SUR) in January remained unchanged at 14.6pc despite 900 fewer people on the Live Register, latest CSO figures this morning showed.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from the most recent Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) was 14.8pc in the third quarter of 2012.
On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 900 in January 2013, bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 430,100.
In unadjusted terms there were 429,396 people signing on the Live Register in January 2013. This represents an annual decrease of 10,193 (-2.3pc).
On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 1,500 males in January 2013, while females increased by 600 over the same period.
The number of male claimants decreased by 10,266 (-3.6pc) to 273,627 over the year and female claimants increased slightly by 73 to 155,769. This compares with a decrease of 8,110 (-2.8pc) to 283,893 for males and an increase of 5,022 (+3.3pc) to 155,696 for females in the year to January 2012.
The number of long term claimants on the Live Register in January 2013 was 189,857. The number of male long term claimants increased by 922 (+0.7pc) in the year to January 2013, while the comparable increase for females was 5,086 (+10.0pc) giving an overall annual increase of 6,008 (+3.3pc) in the number of long term claimants.