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The seasonally adjusted Live Register total, published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), increased from 432,400 in February to 433,000 in March, an increase of 600.
In the year to March 2010 there was an unadjusted increase in the Live Register of 65,918 (+17.9%). This compares with an increase of 84,503 (+24.0%) in the year to February 2010.
In the month, the estimated number of casual and part-time workers on the Live Register was 42,284males and 37,565 females.
The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment. It includes part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseekers Benefit or Allowance.
Unemployment is measured by the Quarterly National Household Survey and the latest seasonally adjusted figure, for October to December 2009, is 281,700 persons unemployed.