28/06/2012

Highlights From Census 2011

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) today released the latest publication in its series of Census 2011 results, showing that the number of persons in the labour force in April 2011 was 2,232,203 – an increase of 122,705, or 5.8 per cent, since April 2006.

Females accounted for 107,704, or nearly 88 per cent, of this increase.

Today's publication, “This is Ireland – Highlights from Census 2011, Part 2”, which is the second of two summary publications presenting the results of the 2011 census, examines social and economic topics such as employment, occupations, education and skills and health related issues.

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO, said: "This report provides a broad overview of the socio-economic situation in Ireland in April 2011. It presents findings on topics such as the changing rate of participation in both the labour force and education of young people, how unemployment has affected various groups and areas over the past five years and how health and social class are related.

"All of these topics will also be covered in more detail in future Profile reports to be released during the remainder of 2012, each of which will examine the data in a way that seeks to get behind the headline figures” continued Ms Cullen. A complete list of planned publications can be found in the appendices of the report."

In co-operation with the All Ireland Research Observatory (AIRO) at NUI Maynooth, summary census data is available in thematic maps for Electoral Districts and Small Areas on the AIRO website. Just follow the link from the CSO website.

Ms Cullen concluded: "Small area data is an important output from the census and the complete set of tables for all the standard layers of geography will be published in an easy to use interactive mapping application on the CSO web site on Tuesday 31st July. Combined with the availability of thematic visualisation tools on the AIRO website, these new developments will bring census data alive in a fresh and exciting way making it easier to access for all."

(CD/GK)

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