Employment dropped by 3.4% in second quarter of 2020

by Gary Ibbotson
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The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today released the results of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) from the second quarter of 2020.

According to the report, employment in the country fell by 3.4% in the quarter within certain sectors. Accommodation and Food Services, Administration and Support, and Construction were the hardest hit.

Employment in Accommodation and Food Services saw the largest dip, with 29.6% or 53,600 people losing their jobs, while Administration and Support saw a loss of 17.2%, or 18,800 people, and Construction fell by 12.1%, or 17,800 people.

Jim Dalton, a statistician with the CSO said the Covid-19 pandemic is predictably having a negative impact on employment across the country.

He said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on the Irish Labour Market and that impact started towards the end of quarter one 2020.”

Dalton also said that surveys such as the LFS are important in helping the CSO understand the “economic and social situations of the citizens of Ireland.”

He said: “Following public health guidelines regarding Covid-19, our interviewers no longer call to homes but conduct interviews over the phone.

“Selected households will receive introductory letters by post asking them to ring to schedule an interview.

“These surveys give us a picture of the economic and social situation of the citizens of Ireland, in a way, and with a level of accuracy, no one else can gain.

“If you are asked to take part in a CSO survey, please do so. It means that when CSO figures are quoted you know they’re accurate, because you told us.”

Edel Flannery, a senior statistician at the CSO also said the body is publishing a new report to coincide with the LFS.

She said: “Alongside the LFS release today, the Labour Market analysis area of the CSO is also publishing the first in a series of high-level insight bulletins investigating the impact of covid-19 on the labour market.

“These new outputs are designed to provide additional insight into the effect of covid-19 on the labour market in Ireland by providing high-level supplementary analysis to users alongside the current outputs and metrics.”

You can find the full LFS report here.

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