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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. 

Employment

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 labelNumbers in employment (ILO)
Q1 152014.4
Q1 162080.8
Q1 172158.4
Q1 182220.7
Q1 192301.9
All persons in employment
Q4 142025.2
Q4 152085.4
Q4 162163.5
Q4 172230.8
Q4 182281.3

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 SectorQ1 2018Q1 2019
1113.302103.756
2279.411287.689
3137.322144.65
4295.031304.714
594.911105.755
6169.612175.045
7115.789118.031
8105.523111.015
9134.232139.328
1099.854110.396
11103.486110.754
12166.984179.439
13277.279286.656
14121.442117.971
NACE Rev.2 Economic SectorQ4 2017Q4 2018
1111.7104.6
2282.7280.7
3133.4144
4308.1311.9
595.1101.4
6168.7174.8
7116.1115.3
8106.2106.6
9135.2135.8
1094.7106.6
11101.7108.3
12167.6178.8
13281288.5
14120.1117.3
1 Agriculture, forestry and fishing
2 Industry
3 Construction
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
12 Education
13 Human health and social work activities
14 Other NACE activities

Unemployment

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:

If the CSO calls you the telephone number that will appear on your phone’s screen will be 021 601 8989.

In addition to our local number, anyone who has missed a call from our call centre and wishes to make contact can avail of our Lo Call number.

Tel:      021 601 8989

Lo Call: 1890 998 958

Further information

Principal statistics 
Releases and publications 
Special modules
Methodology

StatBank interactive tables
Labour Force Survey Main Results

Contact LFS

International comparison
Eurostat

General information
Email: labour@cso.ie
LoCall: 1890 313 414
Tel: (+353) 21 453 5491

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