Number of people employed increases by 19,300 in the first three months of 2017
The number of people in employment has increased by 0.9pc or 19,300 in the first three months of 2017.
Meanwhile, the number of people unemployed is down almost a fifth to 146,200, in comparison to the same period in 2016, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.
When seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate fell to 6.8pc from 7.1pc over the quarter.
The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 148,800, the lowest since the second quarter of 2008, when the comparable figure was 127,200.
Long term unemployment, that is those persons unemployed for one year or more, accounted for over 50pc of total unemployment in the first three months of 2017, down marginally on the first three months of 2016.
The total number of persons in the labour force is now 2,191,400, up 1.6pc or 35,400 from the first three months of 2016.
The number of persons not in the labour force is 1,474,900 which was up 0.3pc or 4,800 from a year earlier.
The news was welcomed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who said that the figures showed that "businesses right across the country are employing and that Government policies are working."