Written Answers. - Live Register.

Joe Walsh

Ceist:

553 Mr. J. Walsh asked the Minister for Social Welfare the total numbers on the live register on 1 January 1995, 1 January 1996 and 1 September 1996. [16763/96]

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following table.

Live Register

Category

30 December 1994

29 December 1995

30 August 1996

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Unemployment Benefit

32,241

33,239

31,070

34,056

28,736

35,140

Unemployment Assistance

146,306

53,892

146,959

56,000

145,431

59,462

Credits

2,652

11,853

3,244

13,771

3,669

15,160

Total

181,199

98,984

181,273

103,827

177,836

109,762

Total Live Register

280,183

285,100

287,598

In the period January 1995 until August 1996, there were 552,778 inflows into the live register with 545,363 outflows from the live register.
Source: CSO Statistical Releases of 10 January 1995, 5 January 1996 and 6 September 1996 and Monthly Flow Analysis of 10 September 1996.
My Department's records show that up to 30,000 people on the live register at any given time are casual and part-time workers who are partially unemployed.
Departmental records for the period January 1996 to July 1996 show the following previous history details for people coming on to the live register: working full time — employment terminated, 58.5 per cent; receiving disability benefit or other social welfare payment, 9.8 per cent; returned emigrant 9.6 per cent; community employment or other FÁS scheme, 6.6 per cent; school or college, 5.7 per cent; home duties, 0.8 per cent and other, 9.0 per cent.