Almost 13,000 unemployed in
THERE are almost 1,000
fewer people in employment in Donegal compared to
six years ago, new figures show.
Census 2016 statistics show there were 71,182
persons in the labour force, a decrease of 964 on
The labour force participation rate in the county
was 57.3%, compared to 61.4% for the State overall.
The male participation rate was 63.4% while the
female participation rate was 51.4%.
Meanwhile, there were
12,829 people registered as unemployed (18%) in the
county. This compares to an unemployment rate of
12.9% (297,396 persons) for the State overall.
The number of retired people in Co Donegal stood at
22,365 in April 2016, an increase of 17.3%.
Nationally, the number of pensioners increased by
19.2% to 545,407.
The number of students aged 15 years and over stood
at 13,329, an increase of 1.5%. This was lower than
the increase at national level (4.5%).
In Census 2016, some 14.4% of Donegalís population
indicated that they had a disability, compared to
13.5% who did so nationally.
Some 4.5% of Donegal residents provided regular
unpaid personal help for a friend or family member.
This was higher than the percentage at national
And 85.6% of Donegal residents stated that their
health was either good or very good which was lower
than the national figure of 87%.