The total number of people at work in the county was 41,363
The largest number of people employed in Kilkenny work in human health and social work activities but retail was a close second, according to the latest figures from Census 2016.
The Central Statistics Office today published the eleventh and final profile report from Census 2016 and it deals with employment, occupations and industry.
In April 2016, the largest (broad) industrial sector in the county was human health and social work activities, accounting for 5,533 workers (13.4%).
The wholesale and retail trade sector was the next largest, with 5,423 workers (13.1%). The top five was completed by manufacturing (10.5%), education (9.1%) and agriculture, forestry and fishing (8.4%).
The 3,488 persons working in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector was 89 more than in 2011.
A further 2,496 persons (6%) were employed in construction, compared with 2,117 five years previously.
The total number of people at work in the county was 41,363.
Total unemployment in Kilkenny was 6,044 giving an unemployment rate of 12.7%, compared with 19.4% in April 2011.
Nationally, the unemployment rate recorded by Census 2016 was 12.9%. Of the unemployed in the county, 578 (9.6%) were first-time job seekers.
Among Kilkenny’s unemployed, 85.9% were Irish nationals, compared with 85% in 2011, while 14.1% were non-Irish nationals, down from 15% five years previously.
The report shows that the number of people at work in Ireland in April 2016 increased to just over 2 million (+11%).
The numbers of people looking after the home/family continued to decline, falling by 10.1% to 305,556 while the numbers of retired persons increased to 545,407, up 88,013 (19.2%) on 2011.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO, said: “This report analyses the world of work in Ireland in 2016, with a particular focus on changes in the numbers at work by occupations and industrial sectors.
“It also looks at the profile of the non-Irish national population in the workforce.”