Of the 5,212 homeless persons aged 15 and over in April 2016 with a stated present principle status, 2,915 or 55.9 per cent were in the labour force. This compares with 61.4 per cent for the general population.
Among the homeless count for males, 62.1 per cent were in the labour force, while the proportion for females was 46.5 per cent.
Of those in the labour force, 2,016 persons were either looking for their first job or unemployed, resulting in an unemployment rate of 69.2 per cent. The unemployment rate for the general population was 12.9 per cent.
There were 899 persons at work, representing 30.8 per cent of those in the labour force.
Nearly 12 per cent of the homeless population aged 15 years and over were unable to work due to permanent sickness or disability. In contrast, only 4.2 per cent of the general population was in this category. A higher proportion of men (13.9%) than women (8.2%) were unable to work due to sickness or disability.
There were 429 students, while 188 persons indicated they were retired.
No response to the present principal status question was recorded for 491 persons, representing 9.4 per cent of the group aged 15 and over.
See the Background Notes for an explanation of 'not stated'.
|Table 2.1 Homeless persons aged 15 and over, by present principle status and sex, 2016|
|Total in labour force||1,960||955||2,915|
|Looking for first regular job||106||64||170|
|Having lost or given up previous job||1,275||571||1,846|
|Total not in labour force||932||874||1,806|
|Looking after home/ family||25||371||396|
|Unable to work due to permanent sickness or disability||438||169||607|
|Table 2.2 Unemployed homeless persons, selected categories, 2016|
|Number of persons||% of persons|
|Rest of Ireland||764||83.0|
Of the 2,915 homeless persons aged 15 and over in the labour force, 30.8 per cent were at work. The results by family type are presented in Table 2.3. For those outside a family unit 32.8 per cent were at work, compared with 24.6 per cent for those in a family.
Among family units consisting of a couple with no children, 27.0 per cent were at work, while this fell to 24.7 per cent for those in a family unit defined by a couple with children.
The proportion at work was the lowest for members of single parent families at 23.9 per cent.
|Table 2.3 Homeless persons aged 15 and over, by present principle status in families and non-family units, 2016|
|Status||Total||Non family units||Family units||Couple without children||Couple with children||Single parent family with children|
|Total in labour force||2,915||2,209||706||89||324||293|
|Looking for first regular job||170||105||65||4||28||33|
|Having lost or given up previous job||1,846||1,379||467||61||216||190|
|Total not in labour force||1,806||1,138||668||29||256||383|
|Looking after home/ family||396||52||344||5||118||221|
|Unable to work due to permanent sickness or disability||607||523||84||17||33||34|
|Other (excluding not stated)||186||139||47||1||22||24|
Of the 4,198 homeless persons whose full time education had ceased, 1,606 did not have an educational qualification beyond lower secondary, accounting for 38.3 per cent of the group. Of these, 581 persons were educated to primary level only, while 193 indicated they had no formal education. 955 were educated to upper secondary while 422 persons were educated to third level.
|Level of education||Homeless persons||All persons|
|No formal education||4.6||1.7|
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The levels of educational attainment were similar between males and females. 60.6 per cent of males had indicated a level of education no higher than upper secondary, compared with 61.7 per cent for females.
|Table 2.4 Level of education of homeless persons aged 15 and over, 2016|
|Total||Total whose full-time education has ceased||Highest level of education completed||Total whose full-time education has not ceased||Economic status|
|No formal education||Primary education||Lower Secondary||Upper Secondary||Third Level||Not stated||Student||Other - including not stated|