23. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Taoiseach the rate of unemployment for those not at work due to an illness or a disability; and the way this compares with the European and OECD averages. (Question 34635/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.

The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of unemployment (ILO) in the State.

Respondents to the QNHS are asked whether they have at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty and the most recent figures available are for Q1 2017.

Table 1 shows the number of persons aged 15 years and over classified by their ILO economic status, unemployment rate and whether they have at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty, Q1 2017.

The unemployment rate for any category of persons is calculated as the number of persons unemployed divided by the number of persons in the Labour Force for that category.

While there is no current corresponding EU28 or OECD data available, table 2 shows the unemployment rates by country and disability definition for the most recent available year of 2011.

Table 1 Persons aged 15 years and over classified by ILO status and whether person has at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty

ILO Economic Status - Q1 17
Total labour force (‘000) Yes - has at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty 78.2
No - does not have at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty 2,101.2
Not stated 12.0
All 2,191.4
Not in the labour force (‘000) Yes - has at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty 315.9
No - does not have at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty 1,152.2
Not stated 6.8
All 1,474.9
Unemployed (‘000) Yes - has at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty 9.2
No - does not have at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty 136.3
Not stated *
All 146.2
Unemployment rate (%) Yes - has at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty 11.8
No - does not have at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty 6.5

Source: Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS), Central Statistics Office, Ireland.

* Estimates for numbers of persons or averages where there are less than 30 persons in a cell are not produced as estimates are too small to be considered reliable.

Data may be subject to future revision.

Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.

Reference period: Q1 = January - March.

Table 2 Unemployment rate of persons aged 15-64 years, by country and disability definition, 2011 (%)

Definition 1: Having a basic activity difficulty (such as sight, hearing, walking, communicating)

- Yes No
EU-28 12.1 9.6
Belgium 10.1 6.1
Bulgaria 14.3 11.2
Czech Republic 15.7 6.3
Denmark 10.8 7.1
Germany 12.2 6.4
Estonia 18.4 11.5
Ireland 17.9 14.8
Greece 14.6 16.7
Spain 23.3 21.9
France 12.3 8.7
Croatia 16.3u 13.6
Italy 8.1 8.0
Cyprus 10.2 7.2
Latvia 17.5 17.4
Lithuania 23.6 15.1
Luxembourg 4.9 5.3
Hungary 19.4 10.3
Malta : 7.3
Netherlands 8.6 4.1
Austria 6.0 3.8
Poland 11.5 9.4
Portugal 14.4 12.5
Romania 8.1 7.5
Slovenia 9.9 7.5
Slovakia 19.0 12.9
Finland 9.1 7.5
Sweden 9.6 7.3
United Kingdom 10.6 7.9
Israel 9.8 8.2
Switzerland 6.1 3.8
Turkey 7.5 8.9

Source: Eurostat

u: low reliability

: not available

Definition 2: Having a work limitation caused by a Long-standing health problem and/or a basic activity difficulty (LHPAD)

- Yes No
EU-28 17.4 9.4
Belgium 13.8 5.8
Bulgaria 21.7 11.1
Czech Republic 21.0 5.9
Denmark 13.2 6.8
Germany 21.7 6.1
Estonia 27.2 11.1
Ireland 22.9 14.6
Greece 15.5 16.6
Spain 28.2 21.6
France 20.1 7.9
Croatia 17.6u 13.6
Italy 11.4 7.8
Cyprus 11.3 7.1
Latvia 21.5 17.1
Lithuania 26.9 15.0
Luxembourg 8.0 4.8
Hungary 25.0 10.2
Malta : 7.1
Netherlands 9.5 4.0
Austria 7.9 3.8
Poland 14.9 9.3
Portugal 16.4 12.2
Romania 9.1 7.4
Slovenia 11.7 7.1
Slovakia 21.6 12.7
Finland 10.9 7.4
Sweden 11.4 7.0
United Kingdom 15.0 7.6
Israel 12.2 7.4
Switzerland 6.0 3.7
Turkey 7.4 8.9

Source: Eurostat

u: low reliability

: not available