Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (42)

Thomas P. Broughan


42. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach the number of job losses to date in 2019, by county. [26958/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I am answering this question as Minister of State with delegated responsibility for the CSO. Questions on any policy matters arising should be directed to the relevant line Minister.

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the official source of estimates of employment in the State. However, the LFS only measures the level of employment in the quarter, and not the job losses or job gains which contributed to the change in employment. It is a household survey which provides quarterly statistics on the level of employment and unemployment. Changes in the level of employment, as measured by the LFS, are the outcome of both jobs lost and jobs created over the period in question.

The most recent figures available for employment levels are for the first quarter (Q1) of 2019.

The quarterly LFS estimates of employment are produced by NUTS-3 Regions (NUTS-3 is a geocode standard referencing the eight subdivisions of Ireland for statistical purposes). Due to the methodology and sample size of the survey it is not possible to produce reliable county estimates from the LFS.

The number of persons aged 15 years and over in employment in Q1 2019 was 2,301,900. This was an annual increase of 81,200 or 3.7% since Q1 2018, when there were 2,220,700 persons in employment. Employment increased in all eight NUTS-3 regions over the year. The largest rates of increase were recorded in the Mid-East and South-West regions, at 7.4% and 4.2% respectively.

The Q1 2019 total of 2,301,900 was a quarterly increase, before seasonal adjustment, of 20,600 persons in employment since quarter four of 2018. There were quarterly increases in all NUTS-3 regions except the South-East and Midland regions, where employment decreased by 200 and 1,400 respectively. These figures are not adjusted for seasonality.

Questions Nos. 43 to 54, inclusive, answered orally.