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Ireland — Employment down by 8.8%

18 December 2009
The latest labour market figures published by the Central Statistics Office of Ireland (CSO) reveal that there were 1,922,400 persons in employment in the third quarter of 2009, an annual decrease of 184,700 or 8.8%. This compares with an annual decrease in employment of 8.2% in the previous quarter and a decline of 2.0% in the year to the third quarter of 2008.

There was an annual decrease of 142,400 or 12.0% in the number of men in employment, while the number of women in employment decreased by 42,300 or 4.6%.

Employment fell on an annual basis in 9 of the 14 economic sectors. The largest decline in employment was recorded in the Construction sector where the numbers employed fell by 80,800 (-34.8%) over the year. The next largest annual decreases in employment were recorded in the Industry (-41,100) and Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (-31,400) sectors.

There were 192,000 males and 87,900 females unemployed in the third quarter of 2009, bringing the total number of unemployed up to 279,800, an increase of 120,400 (+75.5%) in the year. The number of unemployed males increased by 89,200 (+86.8%), with female unemployment increasing by 31,300 (+55.3%).

On a seasonally adjusted basis the number of persons unemployed increased by 13,100 between Q2 2009 and Q3 2009.
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