Laois unemployment down but higher than national average - finds Census

Retail is the biggest employer

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Laois unemployment above the average.

The unemployment rate has dropped by nearly a third in Laois but remains higher than the national average according to the latest findings from Census 2016.

The figures also show that retail was the biggest single employer in April 2016 when population was was counted. 

The workforce has risen in Laois by 1,000 to more than 39,000 while the number of Laois people at work has risen by more than 3,000.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) today (Thursday 14th December) publishes the final Census 2016 (thematic) report, Profile 11 – Employment, Occupations and Industry.

Profile 11 shows that the number of people at work in Ireland in April 2016 increased to just over 2 million (+11.0%). The numbers of people looking after the home/family continued to decline, falling by 10.1% to 305,556 while the numbers of retired persons increased to 545,407, up 88,013 (19.2%) on 2011.

Laois highlights

In April 2016, the largest (broad) industrial sector in the Laois was the wholesale and retail trade, accounting for 4,972 workers (14.8%).

Human health and social work activities was the next largest, with 3,980 workers (11.9%). The top five was completed by education (8.4%), manufacturing (8.2%), and public administration and defence; compulsory social security activities (7.6%).

The 2,431 persons working in the Agriculture, forestry and fishing sector (7.2%) was 10 fewer (-0.4%) than in 2011. A further 1,976 persons (5.9%) were employed in construction compared with 1,643 five years previously. 

Total unemployment in the Laois was 6,068 giving an unemployment rate of 15.3%, compared with 21.4% in April 2011. Nationally, the unemployment rate recorded by Census 2016 was 12.9%. Of the unemployed in the county, 616 (10.2%) were first-time job seekers. 

Among the unemployed in Laois, 78.0% were Irish nationals, compared with 79.0% in 2011, while 22.0% were non-Irish nationals, down from 21.0% five years previously.

See below summary of some of the headline employment results from Census 2016 for County Laois, together with comparisons for Leinster and the State as a whole are attached for information. {Note: the top five industry sectors in the province/State may not be the same as the top five in the county, but the relevant figures at provincial and State level are included for comparative purposes.}

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician, commented: ”This report analyses the world of work in Ireland in 2016, with a particular focus on changes in the numbers at work by occupations and industrial sectors. It also looks at the profile of the non-Irish national population in the workforce. Profile 11 completes the suite of Census 2016 results which has included two summary reports, eleven detailed reports and Small Area Population Statistics. Together, these results provide a comprehensive picture of Ireland in April 2016. All of this data is now available on the CSO website.”

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