Census in Cork - Stats say we have more jobs and more students

Census in Cork - Stats say we have more jobs and more students

CORK's unemployment rate is lower than the national average.

The number of students in the county is also rising faster than the national rate, while the numbers in the labour force in Cork are increasing faster than the national average.

The figures were revealed in the latest release from the 2016 Census which were published yesterday by the Central Statistics Office.

The report shows that some 2,304,037 people were in the Irish labour force as of April 2016, an increase of 3.2% on the figure in the 2011 census.

Co Cork accounted for 257,603 of these, an increase of 3.7% on the 2011 figure.

The overall unemployment rate in Cork was 10.6%, significantly lower than the 12.9% national average.

Nationally, there are fewer young people working, with the number of 15-29 year olds declining between 2011 and 2016, while the number of older people in the workforce has actually increased over that time.

Men continue to see a stronger rate of participation at 67.8%, with Cork city one of just two areas nationally to see an increase in male labour force participation.

Female participation has also grown in Cork city, though, hitting 49.6%. However, this remains the lowest in the entire country.

The unemployment rate in Cork city and suburbs has dropped significantly from 2011, though it has yet to return to its 2006 level when it was under 10%.

Cork does have a number of 'unemployment blackspots' though. While it is not at the same level as Limerick, Waterford or Dublin, the city and county has five blackspots, which refers to areas where unemployment exceeds 27%.

The CSO noted a slight change in the number of homemakers in the country.

The number of women citing this as their principle status has been on the decline since 1981, dropping by 11.5% in the most recent census.

The number of men doing so increased by 15% from 2011-2016, though they still represent just 6.8% of homemakers.

Cork also boasts a rapidly rising number of students, with increases more than double the national average.

In all, there were 52,307 students aged 15 and over in Cork, an increase of 10%.

The national average increase is just 4.5%.

There has been a significant shift in employment sectors in Ireland, too.

Almost four out of five jobs in Ireland in April 2016 are in the service sector, responsible for 78.6% of all employment. This is in stark contrast to the situation 50 years ago when the sector accounted for 41.2% of jobs.

Agriculture continues to decline, while the sector also remains male dominated, with 88.2% of workers in the sector male.

The number of construction workers in the country is also just half of what it was in 2006.

The number of workers in a building or construction occupation actually increased by 12,436 over the last five years, with men accounting for 97.6% of these roles. However, the total still represents just half the number who worked in construction in 2006, when more than 170,000 were employed in the sector.

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