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Revealed: The location of the country's 79 unemployment blackspots

Revealed: The location of the country's 79 unemployment blackspots

THE location of 79 places in Ireland where the unemployment rate is higher than 27 per cent has been revealed by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The data, extracted from last year's Census, also shows that the number of men working as full-time homemakers is rising, there are fewer people unemployed and the number of retirees is increasing.

It also shows that unemployment rates above the national average is most prevalent in young workers aged 15 to 34, and among older workers aged 55-64 years.

The highest unemployment rate is in Longford, while eight out of the ten highest unemployment blackspots in the country – where unemployment rates is in excess of 27pc and the labour force exceeds 200 people – are in Limerick City.

There are 79 unemployment blackspots, with unemployment rates averaging at 31.2pc, compared with a national unemployment rate averaging 12.9pc.

Of the 79 electoral districts found to be unemployment blackspots, 18 are in Limerick city and county and a further nine are in Waterford city and county.

Dublin city has seven, Donegal has six, while Mayo and Cork city have five each.

Looking at counties, Longford had the highest unemployment rate in 2016 (19.6%) while Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown had the lowest (7.4%).

And despite the unemployment rate decreasing from 26.2 per cent in 2011 to 18.0 per cent in 2016 Donegal still has the second highest unemployment rate in the country.

For the entire country, 297,396 were defined as unemployed in April 2016, a reduction of 30 per cent on the 2011 figure.