Wed, 06 Jul 2022

DUBLIN, Ireland: Ireland has reported the number of people working throughout the country at 2,505,800, outpacing targets set by the government two years ago, according to the Central Statistics Office.

The earlier target of 2.5 million Irishmen at work by 2024 was set as part of the Economic Recovery Plan published in June 2021.

The 2.5 million workers is also greater than pre-pandemic levels, which reached 2,347,000 during the first quarter of 2020.

The Central Statistics Office also reported that the employment rate for 15 to 64 year olds in the first quarter of 2022 reached 72.8 percent, compared to 65.6 percent recorded in Q1 last year.

There has also been an increase of 17.6 percent in the number of hours worked per week, which officials said is equivalent to an extra 12.1 million hours per year.

The increase in hours worked will reach a record 80.8 million this year.

"Employment increased in the year to Q1 2022 across most economic sectors, with the largest increase in the Accommodation & Food Service sector," said statistician Sam Scriven, as reported by The Independent.

Additionally, there were 126,700 people listed as unemployed in the first quarter of the year, resulting in an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

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