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Press Statement

Preasráiteas

20 November 2018

Labour Force Survey Quarter 3 2018

Labour Force Survey Quarter 3 2018
  • Employment was up 3.0% or 66,700 to 2,273,200 in the year to Q3 2018
  • Unemployment was down 12.1% or 19,700 to 143,800 in the year to Q3 2018
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 5.8% in Q2 2018 to 5.7% in Q3 2018

Go to release: Labour Force Survey Quarter 3 2018

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

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 Q3 2018, employment totalled 2,273,200, up 3.0% or 66,700 from the same quarter in 2017. When adjusted for seasonal factors, employment increased by 0.5% or 10,700 from Q2 2018.

There were 143,800 people unemployed in Q3 2018, and this was down 12.1% or 19,700 from Q3 2017. When seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate fell from 5.8% to 5.7% over the quarter, while the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 136,100.

Long term unemployment, which refers to those persons unemployed for one year or more, accounted for 34.9% of total unemployment in Q3 2018.

The total number of persons in the labour force is now 2,417,000, up 2.0% or 46,900 from Q3 2017. The number of persons not in the labour force is 1,443,200 which is up 1.0% or 14,500 from a year earlier”.

For further information contact:

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

or email labour@cso.ie

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