Questions Nos. 1 to 18, inclusive, answered orally.

Questions Nos. 19 to 31, inclusive, resubmitted.

Live Register Data

Questions (32)

Peter Burke


32. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Taoiseach the fall in the number of persons on the live register in County Westmeath since January 2019. [23048/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The Live Register is compiled from returns made for each local office to the Central Statistics Office by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP).

It comprises of persons under 65 years of age in the following classes:

All claimants for Jobseekers’ Benefit (JB) excluding systematic short-time workers;

Applicants for Jobseekers’ Allowance excluding smallholders/farm assists and other self-employed persons;

Other registrants including applicants for credited Social Welfare contributions but excluding those directly involved in an industrial dispute.

In January 2019 there were 4,964 persons on the Live Register for County Westmeath.

The most recent Live Register figures available for County Westmeath are for May 2019, when there were 4,747 persons on the Live Register.

This resulted in a decrease in the Live Register figures for County Westmeath of 217 persons (-4.4%) between January and May 2019.

At State level in January 2019 there were 199,627 persons on the Live Register, while in May 2019 this had decreased by 9,760 (-4.9%) to 189,867.

Employment Data

Questions (33)

Willie Penrose


33. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Taoiseach the latest employment figures; the breakdown of the figures in terms of those employed under banded hours categories A-B and A-D respectively; and if the inclusion of this criteria for future employment surveys will be considered. [22918/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the official source of estimates of employment in the State.

The most recent figures available are for Q1 2019 when the number of persons aged 15 years and over in employment was 2,301,900.

The survey does not currently collect information on contracted hours for persons in employment. Instead information is collected on the hours that respondents usually work per week and the actual hours that respondents worked in the reference week. Data on the number of persons in employment classified by usual hours of work is published as part of the suite of tables in the quarterly release.

Information on contracted hours for persons in employment will be collected in the LFS as part of the new Integrated European & Social Statistics (IESS) Framework Regulation which will come into effect from January 2021.

The following table shows the number of persons aged 15 years and over in employment classified by usual hours worked (3<21 hours), Q1 2019.

Persons aged 15 years and over in employment classified by usual hours worked (3<21 hours), Q1 2019


All persons

Q1 19

Hours usually worked 3&lt;11 hours

(Band A-B)


Hours usually worked 3&lt;21 hours

(Band A-D)


Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS), Central Statistics Office, Ireland.

Data may be subject to future revision.

Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.

Reference period: Q1 January-March.