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Press Statement


22 September 2017

Quarterly National Household Survey Q2 2017

  • Employment was up 2.4% or 48,100 to 2,063,000 in the year to Q2 2017
  • Unemployment was down 24.7% or 46,300 to 141,500 in the year to Q2 2017
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 6.8% in Q1 2017 to 6.2% in Q2 2017
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (22nd September 2017) issued results from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) for Q2 2017. This report presents the results for Q2 2017 and comparable data for previous years.
Commenting on the report, Jim Dalton, Statistician said: “The QNHS is the official source of data for employment and unemployment in Ireland. Key findings show that in Q2 2017, employment totalled 2,063,000, up 2.4% or 48,100 from the same quarter in 2016. When adjusted for seasonal factors, employment increased by 0.2% or 3,300 from Q1 2017.
There were 141,500 people unemployed in Q2 2017 and this was down 24.7% or 46,300 from Q2 2016. When seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate fell from 6.8% to 6.2% over the quarter, while the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 136,700, the lowest since Q2 2008 when the comparable figure was 127,200.
Long term unemployment, which refers to those persons unemployed for one year or more, accounted for 48.7% of total unemployment in Q2 2017 compared to 51.1% a year earlier.
The total number of persons in the labour force is now 2,204,500, up 0.1% or 1,800 from Q2 2016. The number of persons not in the labour force is 1,477,400 which was up 3.0% or 42,500 from a year earlier”.
Finally, the Quarterly National Household Survey is being replaced by a new Labour Force Survey from Q3 2017. Please see the separate information note accompanying this press release for further details.
IndicatorQuarter 2 2017Annual change
Employed2,063,000 +48,100
In labour force2,204,500 +1,800
Not in labour force1,477,400 +42,500
For further information contact:

Jim Dalton (+353) 21 453 5623 or Martina O'Callaghan (+353) 21 453 5491

or email

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