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Business Demography


 200820132014201520162017% Change 2013- 2017% Change 2016- 2017
Number of enterprises244,195243,571238,249248,843250,033271,16611.3%8.5%
Persons engaged1,511,9201,288,0171,334,2911,402,9811,478,2361,555,79920.8%5.2%
Enterprise births15,44413,82516,25618,10019,24922,24160.9%15.5%
Enterprise deaths19,15718,28715,33715,94414,262*   
*The enterprise deaths figure for 2016 is an estimate as a 2nd year of inactivity is necessary to be counted as a final death (see Background Notes).

Number of enterprises up 8.5% in 2017

Figure 1 Index of Active Enterprises and Persons Engaged
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This release provides data on the "Business Demography" of Ireland for reference year 2017 and earlier years.

The detailed tables provided with this release present a breakdown of the numbers of active enterprises and newly birthed and ceased enterprises, classified by economic activity, employment size and legal form.

Related employment numbers are also outlined.

A detailed county level breakdown is also provided in relation to active enterprises and employment only.

Annual changes and sectoral comparison

There were over 271,000 active enterprises in the private business economy1 in Ireland in 2017, the highest level since the Business Demography series began in 2008. These accounted for over 1.55 million persons engaged2, also at the highest it has been since the series began in 2008. The employment increase was relatively evenly spread across all size classes. This represents an increase of 8.5% active enterprises and 5.2% persons engaged respectively from 2016. The Services sector3 accounted for over half (51.0%) of all enterprises in 2017, with the Construction sector accounting for just over a fifth (21.1%). See Figures 2 & 3, Table 1 & summary table.