Written answers

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Programme for Government Priorities

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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296. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the status of the programme for partnership Government commitment to prioritise balanced regional development which will allow Ireland aim for an unemployment rate in each county that is within 1% of the State average by 2020, in tabular form. [50026/19]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a household survey which provides quarterly statistics on employment and unemployment and is the official source of labour market estimates in the State. The primary classification used for the LFS results is the ILO (International Labour Organisation) labour force classification.

The most recent LFS figures available are for Q3 2019.

Due to the methodology and sample size of the survey it is not possible to produce reliable county unemployment estimates from the LFS. As a result, the most detailed estimates of unemployment by geographic area available are by NUTS-3 Regions (NUTS-3 is a geocode standard referencing the eight subdivisions of Ireland for statistical purposes ).

The following table shows the unemployment (ILO) rate of persons aged 15 – 74 years classified by NUTS3 regions and in the State for Q3 2019.

Unemployment (ILO) rate of persons aged 15-74 years classified by NUTS3 regions, Q3 2019


Unemployment Rate
Border 5.4
West 5.0
Mid-West 4.8
South-East 7.3
South-West 5.1
Dublin 4.5
Mid-East 6.1
Midland 5.3
State 5.2

Source: Labour Force Survey, Central Statistics Office.

Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.

Data may be subject to future revision.

Reference period: q3=Jul -Sep.


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