Catch up on useful stats
Stats released by the Central Statistics Office in the past month show the latest unemployment rate for August 2016 stands at 8.3%, while the QNHS stats show total employment has risen above 2 million. There were also positive figures for the tourism and retail sectors.
Total employment surpasses 2 million
The Quarterly National Household Survey for Q2 2016 was also released in August showing an annual increase in employment of 2.9% or 56,200 in the year to the second quarter of 2016, bringing total employment to 2,014,900. This compares with an annual increase in employment of 2.4% in the previous quarter and an increase of 3.0% in the year to Q2 2015.
Monthly unemployment rate of 8.3% in August 2016
- The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2016 was 8.3%, unchanged from the revised July 2016 and down from 9.1% in August 2015.
- The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 181,600 in August 2016, down from 183,300 when compared to the July 2016 figure and a decrease of 15,400 when compared to August 2015.
See the CSO's website for more information.
Trips to Ireland up 12.7% in first seven months of 2016
- At 5.427 million visits, overall trips to Ireland were up 12.7% in the first seven months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
- Visits from Mainland Europe grew by 11.6% for January to July 2016 (1,911,200 visits);
- North America registered an increase of 15.5% for January – July 2016 (990,100 visits);
- Visits from Great Britain were up by 13.9% for January – July 2016 (2,224,900 visits).
- Visits from the rest of the world, mostly long-haul and developing markets, were up by 3% totalling 300,800 visits.
See CSO's Overseas Travel report for more information.
6.3% increase in annual retail sales
- The volume of retail sales increased by 12.6% in July 2016 when compared with June 2016 and there was an increase of 6.3% in the annual figure.
- The sectors with the largest month on month volume increases were Motor Trades (+12.5%), Furniture & Lighting, (+5.3%) and Books, Newspapers and Stationery (+2.0%).
- The sectors with the largest monthly decreases were Clothing, Footwear & Textiles (-2.5%), Other Retail Sales (-2.4%) and Food, Beverages & Tobacco (-0.9%).
See CSO's Retail Sales Index for more information.
For more information
The full listing of CSO releases is available on the CSO's website.