Providing accurate employment and unemployment figures
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is carried out in the 28 member states of the European Union under EU legislation by national statistical institutes including the Central Statistics Office (CSO). It is an ongoing, year-round, large-scale, nationwide survey of households that gives us an accurate measurement of employment and unemployment in Ireland. It provides quarterly labour force estimates as well as other data on social topics.
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) at the beginning of Q3 2017.
There was an annual increase in employment of 3.7% or 81,200 in the year to the first quarter of 2019, bringing total employment to 2,301,900.
|X-axis label||Numbers in employment (ILO)|
|All persons in employment|
Employment increased in 12 of the 14 economic sectors over the year (excluding Not stated). The largest rates of increase were recorded in the Transportation and storage (+11.4% or +10,800) and the Administrative and support service activities (+10.6% or 10,500) sectors.
|NACE Rev.2 Economic Sector||Q1 2018||Q1 2019|
|NACE Rev.2 Economic Sector||Q4 2017||Q4 2018|
|1||Agriculture, forestry and fishing|
|4||Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles|
|5||Transportation and storage|
|6||Accommodation and food service activities|
|7||Information and communication|
|8||Financial, insurance and real estate activities|
|9||Professional, scientific and technical activities|
|10||Administrative and support service activities|
|11||Public administration and defence, compulsory social security|
|13||Human health and social work activities|
|14||Other NACE activities|
Unemployment decreased by 18,600 (-14.0%) in the year to Q1 2019 bringing the total number of persons unemployed to 114,400. This is the twenty seventh quarter in succession where unemployment has declined on an annual basis.
Who uses these results?
Local and Irish government departments, bodies of the European Union and researchers with an interest in economic or social trends all use the results from this survey.
The results show the situation for Ireland at national and regional level which means that the survey is crucial to planning for the future of our country. In other words, the LFS helps those who make decisions to make better choices for everyone.
Important Safety Information for Survey Participants:
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