Figures today from the CSO (www.cso.ie) show that the unemployment rate in Ireland is now 12%. This is over 3% higher than the EU average. The rate of unemployment has increased due to the calculated 108,000 lost jobs year on year. The CSO reports that there are 1,857,600 people working in Ireland in 2010. When taking gender into account it’s clear that more males have lost their jobs than females. The unemployment figures state that 80,400 men lost their jobs (7.5%), while 27,500 women lost their jobs (3.1%). Current rates are analogous to rates of unemployment seen in 1995 and employment figures of 1998.
The worst effect areas of the jobs market has been the construction industry were approximately 50% of workers have lost their jobs since the boom in 2007.
More statistics like the one below can be found in their Quarterly National Houshold survey . This graph shows the increase of long term unemployed (unemployed people without work in 1 year). This value is now 5.3% compared with 2.2% last year. These trends do give a rather grim view to the employment market in Ireland.