Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

The labour force is classified by occupational group and sex and by: regional authority area, province, county/city, town, age group, nationality, birthplace, employment status. Also provided: a breakdown by detailed occupation, details for persons at work and unemployed persons, and breakdowns by socio-economic group and by social class. Information is supplied in the Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) classified by Census Enumeration Areas, Dáil Constituencies, Electoral Divisions, Gaeltacht Areas, Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts, Local Electoral Areas, Towns, Urban and Rural areas of each county.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


Census of Population.


Persons aged 15 years and over.


Every 5 years

Reference period

A night in April of the relevant census year

Start date



About 17 months after the date of the census


  • Occupational group (broad)
    Farming, fishing and forestry workers; Manufacturing workers; Building and construction workers; Clerical, managing and government workers; Communication and transport workers; Sales and commerce workers; Professional, technical and health workers; Services workers; Other workers; Looking for first regular job.
  • Occupational group (intermediate)
    Farming, fishing and forestry workers; Electrical trades workers; Engineering and allied trades workers; Textile, clothing and leather workers; Food, drink and tobacco production workers; Chemical, paper, wood, rubber, plastics and printing workers; Other manufacturing workers; Building and construction workers; Managers and executives; Communication, warehouse and transport workers; Clerical and office workers; Sales occupations; Business and commerce occupations; Computer software occupations; Scientific and technical occupations; Health and related workers; Social workers and related occupations; Religious occupations; Other professional workers; Personal service and childcare workers; Teachers; Central and local government workers; Garda Síochána; Army occupations; Other gainful occupations; Looking for first regular job.
  • Social class
    Professional workers; Managerial and technical; Non-manual; Skilled manual; Semi-skilled; Unskilled; All other gainfully occupied and unknown.
  • Employment status
    Employer or own account worker; Employee; Assisting relative.
  • Birthplace
    Ireland (Republic); Northern Ireland; England and Wales; Scotland; Poland; Lithuania; Other EU; Other European countries; USA; Africa; Asia; Other countries.
  • Nationality
    Irish; Non-Irish (United Kingdom; EU15 excl Ireland and the UK; EU15 to U25 accession states; Other).
  • Age
    15-19 years; 20-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-54; 55-64; 65+ years.
  • Province
    Leinster; Munster; Connacht; Ulster (part).
  • Region (NUTS3)
    Border; Dublin; Mid-East; Midland; Mid-West; South-East; South-West; West.
  • County or City
    The 34 administrative counties.
  • Socio-economic group
    Employers and managers; Higher professional; Lower professional; Non-manual; Manual skilled; Semi-skilled; Unskilled; Own account workers; Farmers; Agricultural workers; All others gainfully occupied and unknown.


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