Labour Force Survey Quarter 3 2019.

  • Employment was up 2.4% or 53,700 to 2,326,900 in the year to Q3 2019
  • Unemployment was down 11.0% or 15,800 to 128,000 in the year to Q3 2019
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 5.2% in Q2 2019 to 4.9% in Q3 2019

Go to release: Labour Force Survey (LFS) Quarter 3 2019

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (19 November 2019) issued results from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) for Q3 2019.

Commenting on the report, Jim Dalton, Statistician, said: “The LFS is the official source of data for employment and unemployment in Ireland. Key findings show that in Q3 2019, employment totalled 2,326,900 and this showed an annual increase of 2.4% or 53,700 from Q3 2018. When adjusted for seasonal factors, employment increased by 0.8% or 17,300 between Q2 2019 and Q3 2019.

There were 128,000 people unemployed in Q3 2019, and this showed an annual decrease of 11.0% or 15,800 from Q3 2018. When seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate decreased from 5.2% to 4.9% between Q2 2019 and Q3 2019, while the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed decreased by 4,900 to 120,000.

Long term unemployment, which refers to those persons unemployed for one year or more, accounted for 27.3% of total unemployment in Q3 2019.

In Q3 2019, the total number of persons in the labour force was up 1.6% or 37,900 to 2,454,900 from Q3 2018. The number of persons not in the labour force was 1,470,700 and that was up 1.9% or 27,500 from a year earlier.

For further information contact:

Jim Dalton (+353) 21 453 5623 or Martina O’Callaghan (+353) 21 453 5491

or email


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