25 June 2009

Irish Unemployment Rate now 10.2%

The latest official figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in Dublin reveal that there has been a sharp fall in the overall number of people at work in Ireland.

The unemployment rate stands now at 10.2%, which is the highest level since 1997.

In the first three months of this year - up to and including March - there was a decrease of 158,500 (or 7.5%) in the number of people in employment.

The worst affected sector was the construction industry, where the number of employed people fell by 28.6%.

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