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16 Jun, 2017 2 min read

Census 2016 – Summary Results (part 2) published by CSO


The second volume of Census 2016’ summary results were published yesterday by the Central Statistics Office; informing on another 9 key themes, including employment, socio-economic grouping, education, travel patterns and health, among others.

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• Key figures in employment reveal that the number of people at work increased by nearly 200,000 since 2011, to surpass the 2 million mark.
• Labour force participation fell slightly to 61.4% (of the total number of people aged over 15 looking for a job or who are working).
• The rate of unemployment in April 2016 was 12.9%, with Waterford and Longford having the highest rates (18.8% and 30.6% respectively).
• Other unemployment blackspots included Limerick, where eight of the top ten electoral divisions with the highest unemployment were found.


Socio-Economic Grouping
• The largest socio-economic grouping was non-manual workers, at almost 1 million.
• The largest increase was in the lower professional group, increasing by nearly 70,000 people.
• The number of self-employed and farmers showed declines (-17,500 and -12,200 respectively).


• The number of students since 2011 increased by 4.5% to 427,000.
• Naturally, the demand for accommodation as a result also increases and will continue to do so unless provision for Private Student Built Accommodation is made.
• FAC has recently published a report on the increasing appetite for investment in this area, which can be found here.


Travel Patterns
• The figures reveal that over 1.88 million people were commuting to work in 2016, an increase of 10.7% on 2011.
• This highlights the uplift in employment in many places, but also the ever-expanding commuter belt – resulting in longer journey times and a greater proportion of commuters who leave for work before 7am.
• The use of cars fell by 2% to 73% of all journeys made to work; with other modes showing gains.
• Cycling, in particular, has increased by 43% in the past 5 years.
• This will necessitate action to improve the cycling network in our cities, both to address safety concerns and to accommodate the increased volume of users.


• Almost six in every ten people (59.4%) stated that they had very good health in April 2016.
• The numbers reporting with bad health increased by nearly 10% however.
• The number of people with a disability increased by nearly 50,000 to over 640,000 and account for 13.5% of the population.
• As the population ages, the number of people requiring acute care is also set to increase. The number of unpaid carers increased by 8,000 to over 195,000 (4.1% of the population) and time spent caring has also increased.


Future Analytics Consulting Ltd. (FAC) provides expertise relating to demographic, employment, socio-economic and transport modelling for forecasting and strategy creation. For further information on Census 2016 and on projected population statistics and associated housing, employment and social infrastructure requirements please call us on 01 639 4836 or email us at info@futureanalytics.ie.


FAC is a leading Chartered Town Planning, Development and Socio-economic Analytics Consultancy based in Dublin with an extensive project portfolio throughout Ireland. FAC has extensive experience in town and village renewal, town and village health checks, and settlement profiling.