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    Unemployment rate at 10.2% – CSO

    By Noreen Bowden | June 25, 2009

    Ireland’s official unemployment rate is 10.2%, the highest since 1997; this is the highest since 1997. There were 158,500 fewer jobs in the year ending March, a 7.5% fall in employment, with construction industry employment falling by 28.6%. There were 1,965,600 people employed in Ireland in the first three months of 2009, with 222,900 unemployed.

    The CSO will next month release the emigration figures for the year ending in April, but the figures show that the non-Irish national labour force shrank by 8% in the year to March, while there was only a 1% decline in the number of Irish nationals in the labour force. Unemployment among non-Irish nationals was at 14.7% in quarter one, while it was 9.4% for Irish nationals. Unemployment was highest among those aged 15 to 34.

    Earlier this month, the CSO’s Live Register figures, which are calculated in a different way, showed that the unemployment rate for May was 11.8%.

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