The CSO have just released the Q1 2011 Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS). The headline number is that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen from 14.8% to 14.0%. Here we will continue our series that looks at the composition by nationality of the labour force.
First up, the number of non-Irish nationals in the labour force.
Since peaking at 366,000 at the end of 2007, the number of non-Irish nationals has declined by nearly one-third and now stands at 248,000. There has been a reduction of 143,000 in the number of non-Irish nationals in employment but an increase of only 24,000 in the number of unemployed non-Irish nationals to 45,000. In fact over the last two quarters both the number of non-Irish nationals employed and unemployed has been falling.
As a percentage of the labour force the number of non-Irish nationals is now back to levels last seen in 2005.
As in previous quarters the biggest driver of these changes has been workers from the EU-Accession states who account for more than half of the drop of the number of non-Irish nationals in the labour force.
Although the numbers of unemployed non-Irish nationals has been falling the unemployment rate among non-Irish nationals (18.1%) remains higher than among Irish nationals (13.1%)
Of the 296,000 total unemployed, 45,000 are non-Irish nationals and 251,000 are Irish-nationals. The proportion of those unemployed who are non-Irish nationals has been steadily declining since 2009.
In the first quarter of 2009, 22% of those unemployed were non-Irish nationals. This has now fallen to 15%. The final graph in this post gives a breakdown of the unemployment rates.Tweet