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Quarterly National Household Survey Quarter 2 2009


Employment falls by 8.2% in the year

There were 1,938,500 persons in employment in the second quarter of 2009, an annual decrease of 174,300 or 8.2%. This compares with an annual decrease in employment of 7.5% in the previous quarter and a decline of 0.1% in the year to the second quarter of 2008.

There was an annual decrease of 138,200 or 11.6% in the number of men in employment, while the number of women in employment decreased by 36,200 or 3.9%.


Main Results Q2 2009
Change in Quarter
Change in Year
Labour Force

Construction Sector shows largest decline in employment

Employment fell on an annual basis in 8 of the 14 economic sectors, with minor increases being recorded in the remaining 6 sectors. The largest decline in employment was recorded in the Construction sector where the numbers employed fell by 86,000 (-35.6%) over the year. The next largest annual decreases in employment were recorded in the Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (-29,600) and Industry (-29,000) sectors.

Number of unemployed increases to almost 265,000

There were 186,900 males and 77,700 females unemployed in the second quarter of 2009, bringing the total number of unemployed up to 264,600, an increase of 137,900 (+108.8%) in the year. The number of unemployed males increased by 102,700 (+122.0%), with female unemployment increasing by 35,100 (+82.4%).

On a seasonally adjusted basis the number of persons unemployed increased by 35,200 between Q1 2009 and Q2 2009.

For further information contact

Tara Davis on 021 453 5093, Brian Ring on 021 453 5747 or Martina O'Callaghan on 021 453 5491
Fax 021 453 5492

22 September 2009

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