Wholesale and retail are the biggest employers in Co Louth, CSO report reveals

Unemployment in Louth was at 12.9% compared with 6.7% nationally in 2016

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8,012 of Louth's workers are employed in the wholesale and retail sectors

The latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal the wholesale and retail trade were the largest employers of people in Louth - accounting for 8,012 workers or 15.9% of our working population in 2016. 

Human health and social work activities were the next largest sector, employing 5,840 workers (11.6%).

The remaining top employment sectors in Louth comprised of manufacturing (10.4%), education (9.1%) and accommodation and food service activities (5.4%).

The figures were published today as part of the CSO's final Census 2016 report: Profile 11 – Employment, Occupations and Industry.

The statistics also revealed that there were 83 more people working in the Agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors, than in 2011. 1,347 people in Louth are currently employed in this industry.

A further 2,638 persons (5.2%) were employed in the construction sector compared with 2,113 five years previously.

Unemployment in Co Louth was 10,058 giving an unemployment rate of 16.7%, compared with 23.8% in April 2011. 

Nationally, the unemployment rate recorded by Census 2016 was 12.9%. Of the unemployed in the county, 1,145 (11.4%) were first-time job seekers. 

Among Louth’s unemployed, 82.3% were Irish nationals, compared with 84.1% in 2011, while 17.7% were non-Irish nationals, up from 15.9% five years previously.  

The CSO's report shows that the number of people at work in Ireland in April 2016 increased to just over 2 million (+11.0%).

A further 2,638 persons (5.2%) were employed in the construction sector compared with 2,113 five years previously. Unemployment Total unemployment in the county was 10,058 giving an unemployment rate of 16.7%, compared with 23.8% in April 2011.

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician with the Central Statistics Office, commented: ”This report analyses the world of work in Ireland in 2016, with a particular focus on changes in the numbers at work by occupations and industrial sectors.

“It also looks at the profile of the non-Irish national population in the workforce.”