Almost 10% of mortgaged homes in Kilkenny are headed by a person who is either unemployed or looking for work, according to the latest information from Census 2011.
In total, 1,211 heads of households come under this category, representing 9.9% of all homes with a loan or mortgage in the county. This is higher than both the national average of 8.7%, as well as the average for Leinster as a whole (8.4%).
In 2006, only 287 heads of household in Kilkenny were unemployed – just 2.4%.
The unemployment rate for the county in 2011 was 19.4%, compared with 19% for Ireland as a whole.
Meanwhile, the average local authority rent in County Kilkenny increased significantly over the five-year period, from €52.57 in 2006 to €61.18 in 2011. This rise is in excess of the figures for Ireland as a whole, where average local authority rent rose by just 17 cent, still below Kilkenny’s average cost.
In relation to rents paid for private accommodation, households in County Kilkenny paid an average of €130.16 per week in 2011, compared to €134.34 in 2006. Here, Kilkenny remains well below the national figures.