13 Aug 2022

Census highlights Kilkenny’s high unemployment rate

Kilkenny’s unemployment rate remained higher than the national average in 2011, according to figures published last week by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Kilkenny’s unemployment rate remained higher than the national average in 2011, according to figures published last week by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Total unemployment in the county was 8,992 people – giving an unemployment rate of 19.4%, compared with 19% for Ireland as a whole. Of these, 610 were first time job seekers.

However, while nationally almost one in five unemployed people were non-Irish nationals, the rate for Kilkenny was much lower – with just 15.7% of unemployed recorded as non-nationals.

The new figures also reveal an interesting profile of the county’s employment sectors.

Retail trade

Wholesale and retail trade is the largest industrial sector in Kilkenny, employing almost 15% of people at work. The sector accounts for 5,485 jobs in Kilkenny.

Health and social work accounts for 4,910 jobs (13.2%), while 4,020 workers are employed in the manufacturing industry sector (10.8%). Agriculture, forestry and fishing provides just over 9% of employment in the county – compared to 5.2% for the State overall.

The new Census 2011 publication – “Profile 3 At Work: Employment, occupations and industry in Ireland” – is the third profile report examining census results in more detail. It presents first results on detailed industry and occupations along with further analysis of the labour market.

It looks at the industries and occupations rising and falling, as well as examining unemployment with regard to immigration, education and other social and demographic factors.

“This release examines several facets of the labour force as it was in April 2011,” said Deirdre Cullen, senior statistician at the CSO.

“It provides more detailed results on industries and occupations as well as analysis by nationality, ability to speak English, social class and field of study. There is a focus on those who were out of work, particularly unemployment among young people and first time jobseekers.”

Full report

The complete set of results for a range of geographic areas – from the State down to province, county, town, electoral division and small local areas – was published in an interactive mapping application on the CSO website yesterday.

The full report is available on the CSO website at along with all the data which is available in a range of interactive web tables, allowing users to build their own tables by selecting the data they are interested in.

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