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Press Statement


14 March 2018

Labour Force Survey Quarter 4 2017

  • Employment was up 3.1% or 66,800 to 2,231,000 in the year to Q4 2017
  • Unemployment was down 14.0% or 23,400 to 144,100 in the year to Q4 2017
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 6.7% in Q3 2017 to 6.4% in Q4 2017
  • Go to release: Labour Force Survey (LFS) Quarter 4 2017

    The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (14th March 2018) issued results from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) in respect of Q4 2017. 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 Q4 2017, employment totalled 2,231,000, up 3.1% or 66,800 from the same quarter in 2016. When adjusted for seasonal factors, employment increased by 1.3% or 29,000 from Q3 2017.

    There were 144,100 people unemployed in Q4 2017 and this was down 14.0% or 23,400 from Q4 2016. When seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate fell from 6.7% to 6.4% over the quarter, while the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 151,500.

    Long term unemployment, which refers to those persons unemployed for one year or more, accounted for 40.3% of total unemployment in Q4 2017.

    The total number of persons in the labour force is now 2,375,200, up 1.9% or 43,400 from Q4 2016. The number of persons not in the labour force is 1,443,000 which is up 0.7% or 10,700 from a year earlier”.

    Go to : LFS Information Note

    IndicatorQuarter 4 2017Annual change
    Employed2,231,000 +66,800
    In labour force2,375,200 +43,400
    Not in labour force1,443,000 +10,700
    For further information contact:

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

    or email

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