The number of persons in the labour force in April 2011 in County Kilkenny was 46,265 – an increase of 3,223, or 7.5%, since April 2006. The labour force participation rate in Kilkenny was 62.3% compared to 69.4% for the State overall. The male participation rate was 69.9% while the female participation rate was 54.8%.
The figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the latest in its series of Census 2011 results covering the socio-economic results from the census and showing that the number of students in County Kilkenny increased by 19.8%.
“This is Ireland – Highlights from Census 2012, Part 2 ” is the second of two summary publications presenting the results of the 2011 census and examines social and economic topics such as employment, occupations, education and skills and health related issues.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO said the report provided a broad overview of the socio-economic situation in Ireland in April 2011.
“It presents findings on topics such as the changing rate of participation in both the labour force and education of young people, how unemployment has affected various groups and areas over the past five years and how health and social class are related,” she said.
8,992 persons were unemployed in County Kilkenny in April 2011 based on the census Principal Economic Status basis (which differs for methodological reasons from the official QNHS figures). The overall unemployment rate for the county on this basis was 19.4%. This compared to an unemployment rate of 19% (424,843 persons) for the State overall.
Census 2011 saw a strong increase in the number of students aged 15 years and over since 2006 – increasing by 16.9% for the State overall. The number of students in Kilkenny increased by 19.8% to 7,703.
Broadband use in private households in County Kilkenny increased from 14.1% in 2006 to 60.3% in 2011. 67.2% of the county’s urban households had broadband compared with 55.8% in rural areas.
A new question on general health was introduced for the first time in Census 2011 and asked respondents to select one of five categories ranging from very good to very bad. In County Kilkenny 89.2% of people rated their health as good or very good while 1.4% rated their health as bad or very bad.