Written Answers. - Labour Force Survey-Live Register Figures.

Noel Ahern

Question:

94 Mr. N. Ahern asked the Taoiseach if he will give details of the Labour Force Survey and the live register figures in respect of each of the past ten years; and if he will give details of the growing gap and discrepancies between both sets of data. [16795/96]

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following two tables which show the principal economic status — PES — results of the Labour Force Survey, the live register total and details of the difference between the LFS estimate of unemployment and the live register.

Table 1: Labour Force Survey and Live Register Details 1986-1995

Year

LFS At Work

LFS Unemployed

LFS Total Labour Force

Live Register Total

Thousands

1986

1,081

227

1,308

232

1987

1,090

232

1,323

251

1988

1,090

218

1,308

242

1989

1,088

201

1,289

233

1990

1,134

176

1,310

221

1991

1,134

209

1,342

248

1992

1,139

221

1,360

281

1993

1,146

230

1,376

295

1994

1,182

218

1,399

285

1995

1,234

190

1,423

276

Table 2: Live Register Count minus LFS-based PES Unemployment Measure

Year

Male

Female

Total*

Under 25

25-64

Under 25

25-64

Thousands

1986

–9.9

+7.9

–5.8

+12.5

+4.7

1987

–7.0

+11.5

–5.1

+20.5

+18.6

1988

–7.4

+11.5

–3.0

+23.8

+23.8

1989

–4.6

+11.7

–2.0

+27.6

+31.8

1990

+1.2

+15.2

+0.5

+29.9

+45.5

1991

–1.4

+14.7

–1.1

+28.3

+39.3

1992

+5.0

+18.5

+3.1

+34.6

+59.9

1993

+6.6

+19.7

+3.4

+36.5

+64.9

1994

+6.3

+20.9

+5.1

+36.2

+66.7

1995

+10.1

+27.1

+8.0

+41.0

+86.1

+ Means the Live Register exceeds the Labour Force Survey estimate.
* The Labour Force Survey also includes a small number of persons aged 65 or over who describe themselves as unemployed. They are included in the calculation of the total column.