Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (90)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

90. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Taoiseach the number of jobless households here; and the way in which the rate of jobless households compares to the EU average. [52950/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a household survey which provides quarterly statistics on employment and unemployment and is the official source of labour market estimates in the State.

The quarterly LFS results include the following jobless household indicators:

The indicator "Proportion of persons aged 0 - 17 years living in jobless households" is calculated as the share of persons aged 0 - 17 years who are living in households where no one is in employment.

The indicator "Proportion of persons aged 18 - 59 years living in jobless households" is calculated as the share of persons aged 18 - 59 years who are living in households where no one is in employment.

Students aged 18 - 24 years who live in households composed solely of students (persons who have indicated that their Principal Economic Status is Student) of the same age class are not included in the jobless household indicators for those aged 18 – 59 years and 0 – 59 years.

The most recent annual figures available from the LFS for comparison with European results (EU 28) are for the year 2018.

The following table shows the LFS jobless household indicators for Ireland classified by age group and the latest corresponding EU 28 data for 2018.

Table 1 LFS jobless household indicators, Ireland and EU 28, 2018 1 (annual average)

Proportion of persons aged 0-17 years in jobless households

2018 1

Ireland

11.4

EU 28

9.4

Proportion of persons aged 18-59 years in jobless households

Ireland

9.4

EU 28

9.0

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

1 Calculated as average of four quarters.

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: January - December (annual average).