111. Deputy James Browne asked the Taoiseach the number of long-term unemployed persons in County Wexford at the end of June 2016, December 2016, June 2017 and December 2017 respectively. (Question 4093/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 111 and 112 together.

The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.

The CSO’s new Labour Force Survey (LFS) is currently the official source of estimates of Labour Market statistics in the State. This survey replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) from the beginning of Q3 2017.

Estimates of unemployment are produced by NUTS 3 regions and the most recent figures available are for Q3 2017.

The NUTS-3 South-East region includes Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford City, Waterford County and Wexford. Due to methodology and sample size it is not possible to produce reliable County Wexford estimates from the LFS.

The following table shows the number of unemployed persons aged 15-74 years classified by NUTS-3 South East region, duration of unemployment, unemployment rate and long-term unemployment rate of those persons in the South-East region from Q2 2016 to Q3 2017.

Unemployed persons aged 15-74 years classified by NUTS-3 South-East region and duration of unemployment (ILO), Q2 2016- Q3 2017

Duration of unemployment (ILO) Q2 16 Q3 16 Q4 16 Q1 17 Q2 17 Q3 17
Less than 1 year (‘000s) 11.6 10.5 9.2 9.9 9.2 9.6
1 year and over (‘000s) 15.9 15.4 14.7 13.6 10.4 8.4
Not stated (‘000s) * * * * * *
Total (‘000s) 28.2 26.5 24.3 23.7 20.6 19.6
Unemployment rate % (Persons aged 15-74) 11.4 10.7 9.9 9.8 8.6 8.0
Long-term unemployment rate % (Persons aged 15-74) 6.4 6.2 6.0 5.6 4.3 3.4

Unemployed persons aged 15-74 years classified by NUTS-3 South-East region and duration of unemployment (ILO), Q2 2016- Q3 2017

Source: Labour Force Survey, Central Statistics Office.

* 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.