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Labour Market

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The statistics presented in this chapter show developments in the Irish labour market and are based primarily on results from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS).  The latter part of the chapter contains mainly administrative data, compiled by the CSO, showing the trends in the number of persons on the Live Register as well as details of industrial disputes. 

3.1 Persons aged 15 years and over classified by sex and ILO economic status1
       '000
ILO economic status2007200820092010201120122013
    
Males   
In labour force1,282.91,295.31,265.61,223.51,206.91,193.41,195.2
     In employment:1,219.81,208.61,071.81,015.7992.8977.01,005.7
         full-time1,132.81,113.6958.5894.4864.1839.8862.2
         part-time:87.095.1113.3121.3128.7137.2143.5
         of which: part-time, not underemployedn/an/a65.469.969.268.378.5
                        part-time, underemployedn/an/a47.951.459.568.965.0
     Unemployed:63.186.7193.8207.8214.1216.4189.6
         seeking full-time work/future job-starter57.279.7177.4192.1196.8198.2174.2
         seeking part-time work3.74.26.04.65.56.57.4
         seeking work as self-employed[2.2][2.8]10.411.011.711.88.0
Not in labour force457.8476.7513.8548.5564.2567.9564.7
     Potential additional labour force13.713.228.334.435.431.335.8
     Others444.0463.5485.5514.1527.9536.6528.9
Total males aged 15 or over1,740.71,772.01,779.41,771.91,771.01,761.31,759.5
Unemployment rate %4.96.715.317.017.718.115.9
Participation rate %73.773.171.169.068.167.867.9
        
Females       
In labour force960.7983.0983.3975.3971.8965.7975.4
     In employment:916.3938.7902.2877.9868.5859.2864.3
         full-time619.1636.3598.6576.9559.7556.4555.6
         part-time:297.2302.4303.6301.1308.8302.8308.6
         of which: part-time, not underemployedn/an/a238.7238.2231.2215.0224.3
                        part-time, underemployedn/an/a64.962.977.687.884.3
     Unemployed:44.344.381.197.3103.3106.6111.2
         seeking full-time work/future job-starter27.630.165.577.680.682.082.8
         seeking part-time work15.913.614.518.020.922.226.9
         seeking work as self-employed*******
Not in labour force796.8820.0837.5851.1856.2864.0850.9
     Potential additional labour force12.512.216.416.823.026.624.2
     Others784.3807.8821.1834.3838.1837.4826.7
Total females aged 15 or over1,757.51,803.01,820.81,826.31,828.11,829.71,826.3
Unemployment rate %4.64.58.310.010.611.011.4
Participation rate %54.754.554.053.453.252.853.4
        
All persons       
In labour force2,243.62,278.32,248.92,198.72,178.72,159.12,170.7
     In employment:2,136.12,147.31,974.01,893.61,861.31,836.21,869.9
         full-time1,751.91,749.91,557.11,471.31,423.81,396.21,417.8
         part-time:384.2397.5416.9422.4437.5440.0452.1
         of which: part-time, not underemployedn/an/a304.1308.1300.4283.4302.8
                        part-time, underemployedn/an/a112.8114.2137.1156.6149.4
     Unemployed:107.5131.0275.0305.1317.4323.0300.7
         seeking full-time work/future job-starter84.8109.8242.9269.7277.4280.1257.0
         seeking part-time work19.517.820.522.626.528.734.2
         seeking work as self-employed3.13.311.612.813.514.19.5
Not in labour force1,254.61,296.61,351.31,399.51,420.41,431.91,415.6
     Potential additional labour force26.325.444.651.258.457.960.0
     Others1,228.41,271.31,306.61,348.31,366.11,374.01,355.6
TOTAL PERSONS AGED 15 YEARS AND OVER3,498.23,575.03,600.23,598.23,599.13,591.03,586.3
Unemployment rate %4.85.712.213.914.615.013.9
Participation rate %64.163.762.561.160.560.160.5
        
Employment rate % (persons aged 15-64)       
Male 77.575.466.863.962.862.464.6
Female 60.660.457.656.055.655.255.9
All persons69.167.962.260.059.258.860.2
1 Reference period: Quarter 2 (April-June) 
Source: CSO

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The total number of persons in the labour force in 2013 was 2,170,700, an annual increase of 11,500. The number of persons in employment decreased from 2,136,100 in 2007 to 1,869,900 in 2013.

The overall unemployment rate increased from 4.8% in 2007 to 15.0% in 2012 and stood at 13.9% in 2013. The number of persons unemployed in 2007 was 107,500 compared with 323,000 in 2012 and 300,700 in 2013. The number of person’s unemployed decreased by 6.9% between 2012 and 2013.

3.2 Industrial disputes: days lost during the year
         Number
Economic Sector (Nace Rev.2 )   201120122013
 
AAgriculture, forestry and fishing___
B-EIndustry2856,1141,047
FConstruction402__
GWholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles_1,6401,939
HTransportation and storage 2,2807329,815
IAccommodation and food service activities72__
JInformation and communication___
K-LFinancial, insurance and real estate activities294_19
MProfessional, scientific and technical activities___
NAdministrative and support service activities___
OPublic administration and defence; compulsory social security107__
PEducation___
QHuman health and social work activities__2,145
R-UOther NACE activities 255__
          
Total      3,6958,48614,965
Source: CSO

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During 2013 there were 14,965 days lost due to industrial disputes. This compares with 8,486 days lost in 2012 and 3,695 days lost in 2011. 

3.3 Annual average number of persons on the Live Register in each Regional Authority
            Number
Regions   200520062007200820092010201120122013
Males
Border, Midland & Western   
Border  13,51013,23413,92321,14537,67841,05140,58739,09636,832
Midland  5,4705,7956,69310,97219,79221,66121,73321,33120,566
West  8,7428,5329,28013,91724,79526,57925,97924,55523,268
         
Southern & Eastern         
Dublin  25,46025,56226,03535,54263,94370,04369,90468,64665,057
Mid-East  6,7437,0067,84212,82424,92827,58027,46126,51925,000
Mid-West  7,6337,8158,47512,75223,54225,74925,03723,77322,028
South-East  11,77811,96312,47819,73834,25137,76137,63036,66334,580
South-West  12,65712,69213,41219,86136,39540,31439,64238,03934,766
Total  91,99592,60098,138146,750265,325290,737287,972278,623262,096
     
Females   
Border, Midland & Western   
Border  9,6829,5819,54811,76918,63921,17422,39422,58422,385
Midland  4,6554,8344,8976,0889,76711,08511,86112,35212,684
West  6,6256,5376,4957,98112,74814,27214,95214,99015,036
         
Southern & Eastern         
Dublin  14,91914,82414,36117,75531,40835,41635,95636,05435,998
Mid-East  5,4035,4655,5167,26412,95014,88115,53615,47215,765
Mid-West  5,8615,7115,7397,25112,10213,85314,14613,97813,484
South-East  8,7688,7558,67410,72516,73319,16820,22520,60220,495
South-West  9,2119,0928,94011,15318,48721,10421,86221,60021,007
Total65,12464,79864,17179,985132,834150,953156,932157,631156,854
  
All persons  
Border, Midland & Western    
Border23,19322,81523,47132,91456,31762,22562,98061,68059,217
Midland10,12610,62911,59017,05929,56032,74633,59433,68333,250
West15,36715,06915,77521,89837,54340,85140,93239,54538,304
         
Southern & Eastern         
Dublin40,37840,38640,39753,29695,351105,458105,860104,700101,055
Mid-East12,14612,47113,30320,08837,87842,46042,99741,99140,765
Mid-West13,49313,52614,21420,00235,64439,60239,18337,75135,512
South-East20,54620,71821,15230,46350,98456,92957,85557,26655,075
South-West21,86821,78422,35231,01454,88261,41861,50559,63955,773
TOTAL   157,117157,398162,309226,735398,159441,689444,905436,254418,950
Source: CSO

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The average number of persons on the Live Register decreased from 436,254 in 2012 to 418,950 in 2013. The average number of males on the Live Register stood at 262,096 in 2013, with the average number of females at 156,854.

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