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Written Answers - Job Losses

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 104.  Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny  the key sectors of the economy in which jobs have been lost since the first quarter of 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5798/12]

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of employment in the State. It should be noted that the specific information regarding job losses requested by the deputy is not available as the QNHS is a measure of the level of employment only. Changes in the level of employment therefore are a function of both jobs lost and jobs created over the period in question. The most recent figures available for employment levels are for the third quarter of 2011.

Estimates of the level of employment by sector up to and including the third quarter of 2011 are presented in the following table. Given the seasonal nature of changes in employment across the year the estimates presented have been seasonally adjusted. Between the first and third quarters of 2011 there has been some level of fluctuation in numbers employed across all sectors of the economy with increases being recorded in some cases and decreases being recorded in others. As mentioned in the first paragraph above, a decline in employment in a sector is not a measure of the jobs lost within that sector. As the QNHS is a sample survey the CSO urges some caution in interpreting changes of relatively low orders of magnitude.

Seasonally Adjusted Series of persons aged 15 years and over in employment (ILO) classified by NACE Rev. 2 Economic Sector, Quarter 1 — Quarter 3 2011

Economic sector

(NACE Rev. 2) Q1 2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011
All persons
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 85.7 85.5 80.5
B-E Industry 235.3 232.3 230.7
F Construction 108.1 106.3 107.5
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 262.8 264.9 266.0
H Transportation and storage 93.9 95.0 94.5
I Accommodation and food service activities 103.6 108.3 109.7
J Information and communication 70.5 73.5 73.7
K-L Financial, insurance and real estate activities 100.6 102.7 98.1
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 102.0 100.8 97.3
N Administrative and support service activities 62.7 65.3 64.6
O Public administration and defence; compulsory social security 107.0 99.9 100.7
P Education 147.7 144.4 143.3
Q Human health and social work activities 232.8 237.9 236.0
R-U Other NACE activities 103.9 98.4 95.0
Total Employment 1,818.6 1,814.5 1,794.0

Reference period: q1=Jan-Mar, q2=Apr-Jun, q3=Jul-Sep;

Source: Quarterly National Household Survey, Central Statistics Office.

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