124. Deputy John Brassil asked the Taoiseach the reason for the discrepancy in unemployment figures in view of the fact that the census gave an unemployment rate of 12.7% yet unemployment figures represent 8%. (Question 29452/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Unemployment Data)

The Taoiseach: The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of employment and unemployment statistics for the State. In Q2 2016, the unemployment rate as measured by the QNHS was 8.6%. 
The Census of Population 2016 Summary Results - Part 2, published on 15 June 2017 (based on Census night 24th April 2016) provided an alternative measure of unemployment levels and indicated an unemployment rate of 12.7%.
The main difference in the unemployment rate between the two sourc...