Wednesday, February 27 11:13:17
There was a slight dip of 1,400 in the numbers signing on the Live Register in February, though this had no impact on the unemployment rate, which remained steady at 14.1pc, latest CSO figures showed today.
On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total stood at 428,800.
In unadjusted terms there were 428,876 people signing on the Live Register in February 2013. This represents an annual decrease of 10,546 (-2.4pc).
The standardised unemployment rate (SUR) in February 2013 was 14.1pc, unchanged from the revised January 2013 rate. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from the most recent Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) was 14.2pc in the fourth quarter of 2012.
On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 1,200 males in February 2013, and females decreased by 200 over the same period.
The number of male claimants decreased by 10,595 (-3.7pc) to 272,855 over the year and female claimants increased slightly by 49 to 156,021. This compares with a decrease of 8,356 (-2.9pc) to 283,450 for males and an increase of 3,479 (+2.3pc) to 155,972 for females in the year to February 2012.
The number of long term claimants on the Live Register in February 2013 was 189,467. The number of male long term claimants increased by 171 (+0.1pc) in the year to February 2013, while the comparable increase for females was 4,741 (+9.2pc) giving an overall annual increase of 4,912 (+2.7pc) in the number of long term claimants.