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Sunday 21 January 2018

Youth unemployment rate hit almost 40pc last year

Edel O'Connell

THE rate of unemployment among the under-25s rose to almost 40pc last year.

Data compiled from last year's Census figures show the unemployment rate in the 15 to 24 age group is almost three times the overall rate of unemployment at 39pc.

Limerick city and Donegal were found to have the highest level of youth unemployment, with 50pc and 49pc respectively.

The Census found that more than 82,000 of those under 25 were out of work in April 2011.

The report, published by the CSO, provides more detailed results on industries and occupations as well as analysis by nationality, ability to speak English, social class and field of study.

The largest growth in employment was in primary education. Between 2006 and 2012 the numbers employed in primary schools 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 in the same period. Employment within computer companies rose by 15pc to 41,978.

Despite a recent fall in consumer spending, the retail sectors also featured among the industries which added the most jobs between 2006 and 2011.

Employment in convenience stores grew to 57,488 over the five 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 while nationals from the Nordic countries had the lowest rates.

The average rate of unemployment for those with a third-level qualification was 8pc compared to the 19pc unemployment rate for the State overall.

High unemployment rates were found amongst those with fine arts (18pc), audio visual and media production (17pc) and hair and beauty services (17pc) qualifications.

Only 2pc or 1,072 people with a third-level nursing qualification were unemployed.

Unemployment among women was lower than for men across almost all socio-economic groups.

Irish Independent

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