Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (31)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

31. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach the number of jobs that have been lost each month to date in 2018 by county compared to the number of jobs that have been created by county. [50386/18]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the official source of estimates of employment in the State. This survey replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) from Q3 2017. The most recent data is for Q3 2018.

In relation to details of employment by county, the exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. The LFS is a sample survey and due to sample size limitations, it is not possible to produce reliable employment estimates at county level. They are, however, available for the 8 regional authorities or NUTS 3 regions.

Table 1 shows the number of persons aged 15 years and over employed in each of the NUTS 3 Regions in Q3 2017 and Q3 2018 and the annual change in employment.

As Table 1 shows the overall stock of persons employed at given points in time, annual changes which are calculated using these stock figures measure the net increase or decrease in the number of jobs year-on-year. The number of new jobs created will, in general, be larger than this but they are offset in part by the number of jobs lost year-on-year. The LFS does not record whether a job is newly created.

Table 1 Number of employed persons (ILO) aged 15 years and over classified by NUTS 3 region, Q3 2017 and Q3 2018 - Annual change

NUTS 3 region

Q3 2017

Q3 2018

Annual Change

Annual Change

'000

'000

'000

%

Border

180.4

178.3

-2.2

-1.2

West

203.6

208.7

5.1

2.5

Mid-West

215.3

215.3

0.0

0.0

South-East

185.9

186.5

0.6

0.3

South-West

318.8

333.9

15.1

4.7

Dublin

663.3

696.2

32.8

4.9

Mid-East

319.8

327.1

7.3

2.3

Midland

119.3

127.2

7.9

6.6

State

2,206.5

2,273.2

66.7

3.0

Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS), Central Statistics Office, Ireland.

Data may be subject to future revision.

Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.

Reference period: Q3 Jul-Sep.

Question No. 32 resubmitted.