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Quarterly National Household Survey Quarter 3 2009


Employment falls by 184,700 in the year

There were 1,922,400 persons in employment in the third quarter of 2009, an annual decrease of 184,700 or 8.8%. This compares with an annual decrease in employment of 8.2% in the previous quarter and a decline of 2.0% in the year to the third quarter of 2008.

There was an annual decrease of 142,400 or 12.0% in the number of men in employment, while the number of women in employment decreased by 42,300 or 4.6%.


Main Results Q3 2009
Change in Quarter
Change in Year
Labour Force

Employment fell on an annual basis in 9 of the 14 economic sectors. The largest decline in employment was recorded in the Construction sector where the numbers employed fell by 80,800 (-34.8%) over the year. The next largest annual decreases in employment were recorded in the Industry (-41,100) and Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (-31,400) sectors.

Number of unemployed increases to almost 280,000

There were 192,000 males and 87,900 females unemployed in the third quarter of 2009, bringing the total number of unemployed up to 279,800, an increase of 120,400 (+75.5%) in the year. The number of unemployed males increased by 89,200 (+86.8%), with female unemployment increasing by 31,300 (+55.3%).

On a seasonally adjusted basis the number of persons unemployed increased by 13,100 between Q2 2009 and Q3 2009.

For further information contact

Brian Ring on 021 453 5747 or Martina O'Callaghan on 021 453 5491
Fax 021 453 5492

16 December 2009

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