Slight rise in number of non-Irish people unemployed locally according to Census 2016

Almost 75 percent of all unemployed people in the Shannonside region are Irish nationals.

New figures revealed by the CSO show that according to figures from the 2016 survey, almost a quarter of everyone unemployed in Roscommon was non-Irish, while the figure in Leitrim was just over 20 percent.

The thirteenth and final report issued by the CSO concerting on census 2016 reflects employment occupations and industry statistics.


In Leitrim the largest industry where people find employment is the human health and social work which accounted for 13.5 percent of all people employed.

The unemployment rate of 14.5 percent was slightly above the national average of 12.9 percent with 78.9 percent of all people unemployed in the county Irish nationals, and 21.1 percent non-Irish nationals

In Roscommon, there was a reduction of four percent in the number of Irish people unemployed between 2011 and 2016, with the latest figures according to the CSO showing 75.9 percent Irish people unemployed in the county.

Both Roscommon and Longford saw an increase in the number of non-Irish nationals in the 2016 census, with 24.1 percent on the Roscommon dole queues in 2016, compared to 20.8 percent five years previously.

Longford saw a slightly smaller increase with 27 percent non-Irish nationals, up from 24.9 in 2011 seeking some form of unemployment assistance while the number of non-Irish nationals unemployed in Leitrim decreased from 21.5 percent to 21.1 percent.

The largest broad industrial sector in Longford is the wholesale retail trade with 15 percent of the workplace employed in the county, while the same industry accounts for the 13.9 percent of wages paid out to employees in Roscommon.