The number of persons aged 15-74 years who were unemployed decreased by 64,200 (-34.9%) to 119,900 in the year to Q2 2022, using standard International Labour Organisation (ILO) criteria. The unadjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-74 years decreased from 7.3% to 4.5% over the year to Q2 2022. See Table 9.1.
Unemployment decreased by 36,300 (-36.5%) for males to 63,200 in the year to Q2 2022 compared with a fall of 27,900 (-33.0%) to 56,700 for females over the same period. The unemployment rate for males was 4.5% in Q2 2022 down from 7.4% a year earlier while the corresponding rates for females were 4.5% and 7.2% respectively. See Tables 9.1 and 9.7.
The unemployment rate for those aged 15-24 years, known as the Youth Unemployment Rate, stood at 11.4% in Q2 2022 down from 21.1% in Q2 2021. See Table 9.8.
On an annual basis, unemployment decreased in all eight NUTS 3 regions with the largest decrease occurring in the Dublin region (-18,900) followed by the South-West region (-9,500). See Table 9.9.
Just under seven in ten (69.1%) of unemployed people in Q2 2022 were in short-term unemployment (less than one year). Over the year to Q2 2022, short-term unemployment fell by 42,500 (-33.9%) to 82,800 while there was a fall of 17,700 (-35.8%) in the numbers of long-term unemployed to 31,800.
The long-term unemployment rate decreased from 2.0% in Q2 2021 to 1.2% in Q2 2022. Just over a quarter (26.5%) of unemployed persons were in long-term unemployment in Q2 2022 which is down from 26.9% a year earlier. See Table 9.6.