On a seasonally adjusted basis, the number of people entitled to unemployment benefits (Live Register) recorded a monthly decrease of 3,300 (-0.9 percent) in December 2014, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 363,900.
In unadjusted terms, there were 356,112 people signing on the Live Register in December 2014. This represents an annual decrease of 39,299 (-9.9 percent).
In December 2014, 53.7 percent (191,316) of all claimants on the Live Register were short term claimants. The comparable figure for December 2013 was 54.6 percent (215,790). The annual fall of 24,474 (-11.3 percent) in the number of short term claimants consisted of a decrease of 14,407 (-11.8 percent) in the number of male short term claimants and a decrease of 10,067 (-10.8 percent) in female short term claimants.
There were 72,362 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in December 2014, which represents 20.3 percent of the total Live Register. This compares with 20.6 percent one year earlier when there were 81,382 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register. In the year to December 2014 the number of casual and part-time workers decreased by 9,020 (-11.1 percent), with the number of males decreasing by 5,246 (-11.9 percent) and the number of females decreasing by 3,774 (-10.1 percent).