The Central Statistics Office (CSO) recently released the results of the Quarterly National Household Survey for Quarter 2 of 2013, as well as Population and Migration Estimates.
The number of people in work went up by 9,600 between March and June, according to the Statistics Office. In the year to June, the number of people in employment has risen by 33,800.
Figures from the CSO show a 1.8% increase in the numbers in work, which now stands at 1,869,900.
During the second quarter employment increased by 9,600, seasonally adjusted. This follows an increase in employment of 9,000 in the first quarter of the year.There was an increase of 21,600 in the number of people in full-time employment – the first such increase since the first quarter of 2008. Part-time employment increased by 12,100 or 2.8%.
The number of private sector employees was up by 21,400, while the number of public sector employees fell by 5,400.
The number of unemployed has fallen by 22,200 over the same period, leaving 300,700 people unemployed. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 13.7%.
Emigration in the year to April 2013 has stayed broadly unchanged, with a net outward migration of 33,100. However, the main driver of outward migration is now Irish nationals.
A net 35,200 Irish nationals left the country, compared with 25,900 in the previous year to April 2012. However, the number of foreign nationals changed from a net outflow of 8,406 to a net inflow of 2,100.
The percentage of Irish nationals in the population has fallen from 88% in 2012 to 87% in 2013.
In the year to April 2013, 89,000 people left the country, while 55,900 moved in, giving a net outflow of 33,100.
There was a natural increase of 40,800 in the population, resulting in a small increase in the total size of the population of 7,700. This leaves the total population at 4,593,100.
Graphs: Source CSO
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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