In February 2010 there were 355,690 Irish nationals and 81,266 non-Irish nationals
on the LR:
- a monthly increase of 149 (0.0%) in Irish nationals and
- a decrease of 129 (-0.2%) in non-Irish nationals.
Among non-Irish nationals the largest number on the Live Register, were nationals from the EU15 to EU27 States (45,649) - aka the Accession States or EU10 states - while the smallest number were from the EU15 States outside of Ireland and the UK (4,139). This is, of course, reflecting levels, not proportionate terms.
Non-Irish nationals represented 18.6% of all persons on the Live Register in February 2010 against their share of the labour force being around 14.7%.
I said earlier (here) that the Live Register improvements are driven by three factors:
- exits to Fas-led 'training' and exits from the labour force (the two are equivalent in my mind, as I see no real hope for Fas to actually provide employable skills); and
- exits to education (a better alternative to Fas, but still not a guarantee of education).
Hence, we are now in a really tough position, whereby the recession is causing:
- fire sales and exports of capital (with banks taking posessions of machinery, equipment, stocks of goods and selling these through distressed sales - including to foreign buyers); and
- exits of human capital.