A lot of time is spent looking at unemployment rates, here we just look at the numbers. According to the latest QNHS there are now 299,000 people unemployed in Ireland. The decrease in the numbers seen during the short-lived ‘turning the corner’ period at the end of 2010 has been replaced by a consistent increase during 2010.
Who are these 299,000 people?
According to the CSO data 248,900 are Irish nationals and 50,100 are non-Irish nationals. 201,500 are male and 97,500 are female. Since the start of 2007 the number of males unemployed has risen by 233%, with a 160% rise in the number of females unemployed.
If we look at the current figure of 299,00 we can break it down by age as well as gender.
Although for both genders the numbers in the younger age categories are the largest, these categories have seen a reduction in the numbers unemployed recently (perhaps as people in these categories return to education or leave the country) while the numbers unemployed are the older age categories is continuing to rise. Click to enlarge.
Finally, for now here is the region breakdown of the 299,000 unemployed.Tweet