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Increase in the number of non-Irish nationals at work by 9.7 % since the last census

Date Published: 29-06-2012

The latest Census 2011 release by the CSO shows an increase by 23,670 (9.7%) in the number of non-Irish nationals at work in Ireland between 2006 and 2011.  In contrast, the number of Irish nationals at work in the same period decreased by 136,642 (8.4%).

The labour force participation of non-Irish nationals has remained strong at 74.2% in 2011, down slightly from 75.7% in 2006. The comparable rate for Irish nationals was 60.1% in 2011, down from 60.9%.

In April 2011, the largest proportion of non-Irish nationals were employed in the hospitality industry (38.1%), followed by business activities (19.6%), manufacturing (18.4%) and the wholesale / retail sector (17.8%). The largest increase in employment of non-Irish nationals was experienced in the whole and retail section. The construction and manufacturing sectors experienced a decrease in the number of non-Irish national workers, with a fall of 67.8% in the number of non-Irish nationals working in construction between 2006 and 2011.

However, despite an increase in non-Irish nationals participating in the work force, the number of non-Irish nationals who are unemployed has increased from 33,587 in 2006 to 77,460 in 2011, resulting in an unemployment rate of 22.4% in April 2011 compared with 18.5% for Irish nationals for the same period.

For more information:

See CSO Press Release (28 June 2012)

Download This is Ireland. Highlights from Census 2011, Part 2

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