Over 8,000 in Louth employed in retail
Unemployment rate has decreased by 7% per cent since 2011
A snapshot of Louth's employment from Census 2016 shows that the largest industrial sector in the county was the wholesale and retail trade accounting for 8,012 workers (15.9 per cent) of the working population.
The figures were published as part of the CSO's final Census 2016 report. Profile 11, Employment, Occupations and Industry.
Human health and social activities were the next largest, with 5,840 workers (11.6 per cent).
The top five was completed by manufacturing at 5,226 (10.4 per cent) and education (9.1 per cent), and accommodation and food services, 2698 (5.4%)
The 1,347 persons working in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector was 83 more than in 2011.
A further 2,638 persons (5.2%) were employed in construction, compared with 2,113 five years previously.
Other notable employment sectors in Louth were transportation and storage, which accounted for 2,517 people, financial and insurance activities which saw 2,455 people employed, along with public administration and defence, which employed 2,525 people.
Total unemployment in the county was 10,058 giving an unemployment rate of 16.7 per cent, compared with 23.8% in 2011.
Nationally, the unemployment rate recorded by Census 2016 was 12.9 per cent.
The workforce statistics for Louth also show that that more than two thirds of the population are employees, ie working for a company or employer.
Of the unemployed in the county, 11.4 per cent were first-time job seekers.
A total of 8,913 people indicated that they were unemployed because they had either lost or given up their previous job.
The number of people who were unable to work due to permanent sickness or disability was 4,879 or 4.9%.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician, said: 'This report analyses the world of work in Ireland in 2016, with a particular focus on changes in the numbers at work by occupations and industrial sectors. It also looks at the profile of the non-Irish national population in the workforce. All of this data is now available on the CSO website, www.cso.ie.'