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Press Statement


20 June 2018

Labour Force Survey Quarter 1 2018

  • Employment was up 2.9% or 62,100 to 2,220,500 in the year to Q1 2018
  • Unemployment was down 18.6% or 30,500 to 132,900 in the year to Q1 2018
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 6.4% in Q4 2017 to 5.8% in Q1 2018
  • Go to release: Labour Force Survey (LFS) Quarter 1 2018

    The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (20 June 2018) issued results from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) in respect of Q1 2018. This survey replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) from the beginning of Q3 2017.

    The new survey has seen the introduction of Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), a redesigned questionnaire and enhancements to the survey methodology.

    Commenting on the report, Jim Dalton, Statistician said: “The LFS is the official source of data for employment and unemployment in Ireland. Key findings show that in Q1 2018, employment totalled 2,220,500, up 2.9% or 62,100 from the same quarter in 2017. When adjusted for seasonal factors, employment increased by 0.7% or 15,700 from Q4 2017.

    There were 132,900 people unemployed in Q1 2018 and this was down 18.6% or 30,500 from Q1 2017. When seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate fell from 6.4% to 5.8% over the quarter, while the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 137,300.

    Long term unemployment, which refers to those persons unemployed for one year or more, accounted for 37.7% of total unemployment in Q1 2018.

    The total number of persons in the labour force is now 2,353,400, up 1.4% or 31,700 from Q1 2017. The number of persons not in the labour force is 1,470,500 which is up 1.1% or 16,400 from a year earlier”.

    IndicatorQuarter 1 2018Annual change
    Employed2,220,500 +62,100
    In labour force2,353,400 +31,700
    Not in labour force1,470,500 +16,400

    Go to : LFS Information Note

    For further information contact:

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

    or email

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