Nearly 40pc of under-25s unemployed – CSO figures
ALMOST 40pc of people aged under 25 in this country are now unemployed.
Figures released from the Central Statistic Office revealed there are now more than 82,000 people between the ages of 18-24 who are signing on the Live Register.
According to a report released by the CSO which profiled employment and occupation in Ireland the industry which posted the largest growth in employment was primary education where the numbers of those at work rose by 18,682 to 64,177.
There was a 10pc rise in the number of people working in farming and a further 10pc rise in social work.
Employment within computer companies rose by 15pc to 41,978.
The retail sectors also featured among the industries which added the most jobs between 2006 and 2011.
Employment in largely convenience stores grew to 57,488 over the 5 years, a rise of 29pc.
Unsurprisingly those industries which continue to see a decline in employment are construction, civil engineering and manufacturing.
According to the numbers, one in five unemployed people in April 2011 were non-Irish nationals, accounting for 77,460 persons overall.
Amongst non-Irish nationals, Nigerians had the highest unemployment rate at 39pc (down from 45pc in 2006) while nationals from the Nordic countries had the lowest rates.