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