3.7 Unemployment

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3.7 Unemployment

Prior to the Covid -19 pandemic, unemployment in the county had decreased significantly from 2011 to 2020.   This has been due to a sustained recovery which led to the live register decreasing to around 3,254 in early 2020. Following the very severe economic shock that has been brought about by the Covid 19 virus, Covid -19 pandemic unemployment payments were made to 10,658 persons in the county during the month of May 2020. This had reduced to 4,000 by the 11th August[1]. Covid-19 will continue to affect the economy for some time to come. 

The historic unemployment rates are set out in Table 3.14. 

Table 3.14   Unemployment rates in County Kilkenny

Year

Unemployed Persons

% Rate

2006

3,233

7.5%

2011

8,992

19.4%

2016

6,044

12.7%

Source: CSO, 2011, 2016

The employed labour force within the County was 37,273 in 2011[2] and increased to 41,363 in 2016.

 

[1]https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/e936b-update-on-payments-awarded-for-covid-19-pandemic-unemployment-payment-and-enhanced-illness-benefit/

[2] CSO, 2016 and Kilkenny Economic and Community Monitor, 2020

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