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Employment

Employment up 40,500 (3.0%) for males and 28,100 (2.4%) for females in the year to Q4 2022

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2,574,500
Persons in employment in Q4 2022
- the highest figure for numbers in employment since the series began in 1998
using standard International Labour Organisation criteria
Source: CSO Ireland, Labour Force Survey Quarter 4 2022

Numbers Employed

Using standard International Labour Organisation (ILO) criteria, an estimated 2,574,500 persons were in employment in Q4 2022, up 2.7% (68,600) from 2,506,000 in Q4 2021.

The increase of 68,600 (+2.7%) in employment is composed of increases of 40,500 (+3.0%) for males and 28,100 (+2.4%) for females in the year to Q4 2022. See Table 2.1.

See Monthly Estimates of Payroll Employees using Administrative Data Sources outputs for supplementary employment analysis.

Figure 2.1 Number of persons aged 15 - 89 years in employment, Quarter 4 2018 to Quarter 4 2022
Table 2.1 Persons aged 15 years and over classified by Sex and ILO Economic Status

59.9%
Employment rate for persons aged 60-64 in Q4 2022
up from a pre-pandemic rate of 54.3% in Q4 2019
Source: CSO Ireland, Labour Force Survey Quarter 4 2022

Employment Rates

The employment rate for those aged 15-64 was 73.2% in Q4 2022 compared to 73.0% in Q4 2021 and 67.0% in Q4 2020. In Q4 2022, the employment rate for males aged 15-64 years was 78.0%, compared to 68.5% for females.

Looking at the rates by age group, the employment rate was lowest among those aged 15-19 years (27.1%) and highest among those aged 35-44 years (84.2%). The rate of youth employment, those aged 15-24, stood at 46.7%; slightly higher for females (47.1%) than for males (46.2%). See Tables 2.1 and 2.2.

 

Figure 2.2 Employment rate for those aged 15-64 years by sex, Quarter 4 1998 to Quarter 4 2022
Table 2.2 Persons aged 15 years and over classified by key Economic Rates, Sex and Age Group

Economic Sector

The economic sectors that saw the largest year-on-year growth in Q4 2022 were:

  • Administrative & Support Service Activities sector which increased by 14,500 or 15.2% in the year to Q4 2022
  • Transportation & Storage sector, which increased by 7,500 or 7.1%
  • Accommodation & Food Service Activities sector increased by 8,700 or 5.4% in the year to Q4 2022
  • Human Health & Social Work Activities sector increased by 16,900 or 5.3%

The largest decreases in the number of persons in employment in the year to Q4 2022 were in:

  • Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing sector, which decreased by 6,100 or -5.7%
  • Education sector – which was down 6,700 or -3.2%
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Activities, which fell by 2,600 or -1.5%
  • Information and Communication, which saw a decrease of 2,200 or -1.3% year-on-year.

Most economic sectors had greater numbers in employment in Q4 2022 when compared to pre-pandemic levels in Q4 2019 except for the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing sector, which is 5.6% lower; Accommodation & Food Service Activities sector, which remains 4.8% lower than in Q4 2019; and the Administrative & Support Service Activities sector, which is 1.7% lower. See Table 2.3.

Figure 2.3 Persons aged 15 - 89 years in employment classified by NACE Rev. 2 Economic Sector, Quarter 4 2021 and Quarter 4 2022
Table 2.3 Persons aged 15-89 years in employment (ILO) classified by sex and NACE Rev.2 Economic Sector

Employment Status

The number of employees increased by 65,200 (+3.0%) in the year to Q4 2022 to 2,219,700, while the number of self-employed increased by 5,400 (+1.6%) to 331,800.

The increase in overall employment of 68,600 in the year to Q4 2022 was made up of 65,300 (+3.3%) persons in full-time employment and 3,300 (+0.6%) persons in part-time employment. See Tables 2.1 and 2.4.

Figure 2.4 Persons aged 15 years and over in employment classified by sex and full-time/part-time status, Quarter 4 2018 to Quarter 4 2022
Table 2.4 Persons aged 15 – 89 years in employment (ILO) classified by sex and employment status

NUTS 3 Regions

Employment increased over the year in all NUTS 3 regions except for the Midland region, which decreased by 0.7%. The Mid-East region saw the largest percentage increase at 5.7%, followed by the Border region at 5.3%. See Table 2.5.

Figure 2.5 Persons aged 15 years and over in employment by NUTS 3 Region, Quarter 4 2021 and Quarter 4 2022
Table 2.5 Persons aged 15 years and over classified by NUTS2 and NUTS3 regions and ILO Economic Status