Live register figures released from the CSO today show that while the number of women claiming Jobseekers Benefit* has fallen by just over seven thousand compared to figures last year ( 47,333 in September 2011 to 39,412 in September 2012) the numbers claiming Jobseekers Allowance and other registrants** has risen in the same period by approximately eight thousand.
Although these are total figures, it is the over 25’s category that sees the the bulk of this rise.
*Since 15 October 2008, Jobseeker’s Benefit can be paid for a maximum of 12 months (312 days)
to people who have at least 260 paid PRSI contributions. Jobseeker’s Benefit can be paid for a
maximum of 9 months (234 days) to people who have less than 260 paid contributions (Refers to
**Other registrants including applicants for credited Social Welfare contributions but excluding
those directly involved in an industrial dispute.