Wednesday 29 January 2020

Revealed: The county with the highest unemployment rate

  • Unemployment rate most prevalent in young workers aged 15 to 34
  • Eight out of the ten highest unemployment blackspots in the country in Limerick
  • More women than men aged 19-22 are in full-time education
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Paul Melia

THE number of men working as full-time homemakers is rising, there are fewer people unemployed and the number of retirees is increasing, new Census data shows.

There has been an 11.5pc fall in the number of women looking after the home, while the number of men has increased by 15pc, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) says.

And it also shows that unemployment rates above the national average is most prevalent in young workers aged 15 to 34, and among older workers aged 55-64 years.

The highest unemployment rate is in Longford, while eight out of the ten highest unemployment blackspots in the country – where unemployment rates is in excess of 27pc and the labour force exceeds 200 people – are in Limerick City.

There are 79 unemployment blackspots, with unemployment rates averaging at 31.2pc, compared with a national unemployment rate averaging 12.9pc.

The Census 2016 Summary Results Part 2 includes the employment status, travel patterns, principle occupation and general health of occupants of more than two million households as recorded during the census of April 2016.

It shows that the number of people with a disability is increasing, up 8pc, with 87pc of the population reporting that they enjoyed good or very good health. One in 25 of the population, or 4.1pc, are carers, but there are fewer children aged under 14 providing care, although some 3,800 still provide help, an average of two hours per day.

The figures also show:

  • The number of people at work rose by almost 200,000. There are 9pc more women in employment, and almost 13pc more men.
  • The number of non-nationals working is up by 293,000, a rise of 9.6pc.
  • The sector with the biggest growth in employment is in human health and social work. The biggest reduction is in public administration and defence.

The Census data also shows that the number of students is increasing, and is a larger increase compared with 2006 to 2011. More women than men aged 19-22 are in full-time education

It also shows that in 34.4pc of those aged 60 or over said they were educated to primary level, compared with 42.6pc in 2011.

More people are being educated to a higher level than before, and the sharpest rise in qualifications is among social science, business and law.

On travel patterns, there are more people commuting to work than before. There has been an increase of more than 40pc in the numbers using the bicycle to get to work, but the private car continues to attract the highest modal share and it has seen the largest increase in any categories around transport choices.

The average time taken to travel to work is also on the rise – it now takes 28.2 minutes compared with 26.6 minutes five years ago. Some 200,000 commuters take an hour or longer to reach work in the morning.

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