Over two million people in paid labour as working figures at their highest since 2008

Over two million people are at work in Ireland, the highest number since 2008.

There was a 2.9% increase in employment (+56,000) over the 12 months to June this year when total employment reached 2,014,900.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that full-time employment makes up the bulk of the increase at 44,900 (+3%).

Part-time work rose by 11,400 (+2.5%) according to the CSO’s latest quarterly national household survey.

Employment increased by 20,000 (+1%) between April and June this year, compared to the previous three months.

When broken down by gender, the 56,000 employment increase shows that women outnumber men.

Three was an increase of 30,100 (+3.4%) in female employment, compared to an increase of 26,100 (+2.5%) for men.

However, more women are in part-time employment than men. Latest figures show that 34% of women are in part-time jobs, compared to 13.5% of men.

Unemployment decreased by 23,000 (-11.1%) over 12 months to June to 187,800. It is the 16th successive three-month period that unemployment declined annually.

The overall employment rate decreased from 9.8% to 8.6% over the year to June, compared to 9.2% in the EU-28 countries.

The highest unemployment rates in the EU during the first three months of this year were 24.9% in Greece and 21% in Spain. The lowest rate of 4.4% was recorded in Czech Republic.

The youth unemployment rate (15-24-year-olds) fell from 22.4% to 19% over the year to June. Two years ago the rate was at almost 27%.

Long-term unemployment accounted for 51.1% of total unemployment at the end of June, compared to 56.1% a year earlier, with the rate decreasing from 5.5% to 4.4% over the year to June.

Male unemployment fell by 14,300 (-10.9%) to 117,200 over the year to June, while female unemployment fell 9,100 (-11.5%) to 70,500 over the same period.

At 9.8%, the male unemployment rate is higher than the female unemployment rate, at just over 7%.

Employment growth over the year was greatest in the administrative and support services, at 6,300, a 9.9% increase. Growth was also high in construction, with employment increasing by 10,900, up 8.7%.

The greatest rate of decline in employment, at 1,100 (-1.1%) was recorded in the financial, insurance and real estate services sectors.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan welcomed the “positive growth” in numbers of people at work.

He said the growth remained broad-based, with 12 of the 14 sectors reported by the CSO showing annual growth.

“Creating jobs for our people means they can contribute to a better life for themselves and a fairer society for all of our people. Positive trends in the Irish economy are clearly seen in the 56,000 jobs added during the 12 months period which ended in June 2016,” he said.

Mr Noonan said that the Government’s ambition was to help create 200,000 new jobs by 2020, including 135,000 outside of Dublin.


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