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Food Industry

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 21 March 2012

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Questions (551)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

562 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the total number of persons employed in the food industry at all levels — production, processing and services; the extent of potential for increased employment in the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14855/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

The Central Statistics Office publishes employment statistics in its Quarterly National Household Survey, the most recent of which was in respect of Quarter 4, 2011. The following table shows these figures and those for the 4th Quarters of the previous three years. Following a dip in 2009 and 2010 employment in the sector has, during the course of 2011, returned to previous levels. On the basis of the most recent data it provides employment for more than 3% of the population. CSO figures may be subject to revision for various reasons.

Q4 2008

Q4 2009

Q4 2010

Q4 2011

Manufacture of Food Products

47,800

41,900

38,800

48,800

Manufacture of Beverages

5,300

5,500

5,400

5,800

Food & Beverages

53,100

47,400

44,200

54,600

% of Overall Employment

2.58%

2.51%

2.42%

3.02%

Question No. 563 answered with Question No. 561.
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