Principal Economic Status and Industries


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Principal economic status classified by: marital status, marital status by age group, regional authority area, province/county/city, town, status in family nucleus, type of family unit, nationality. Employment status is classified by: province/county/city, town, marital status by age group, industrial group, nationality, religion, highest level of education completed. Industrial group classified by: regional authority area, province/county/city, town, age group, employment status, employment status, highest level of education completed, nationality, place of birth, religion. Unemployed classified by: industrial group, regional authority area, province/county/city, town. Participation rate classified by marital status by age group. 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.

Trade Union membership by sex and broad economic sector.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


Census of Population.

The CSO Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) special modules.


The census figures relate to the de facto population aged 15 and over. The figures include visitors present on census night as well as those in residence, while usual residents temporarily absent from the area are excluded from the census count.

All persons in employment aged 15 & 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


  • Economic status
    In labour force (At work; Looking for first regular job; Unemployed); Not in labour force (Student; Looking after home/family; Retired; Unable to work due to permanent sickness or disability; Other).
  • Economic sector (broad)
    Agriculture, forestry and fishing; Mining, quarrying and turf production; Manufacturing industries; Electricity, gas and water supply; Construction; Wholesale and retail trade; Hotels and restaurants; Transport, storage and communications; Banking and financial services; Real estate, renting and business activities; Public administration and defence; Education; Health and social work; Other community, social and personal service activities; Industry not stated.
  • Economic sector (intermediate)
    The same as the classification for broad economic sector, except that Manufacturing industries is further broken down into: Food industries; Beverages and tobacco; Textiles, clothing, footwear and leather; Wood and wood products; Paper, paper products, printing and publishing; Chemical, rubber and plastic products; Glass, pottery and cement; Metals, metal products, machinery and engineering; Other manufacturing (incl transport equipment).
  • 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.
  • Marital status
    Single; Married; Separated/divorced; Widowed.
  • Employment status
    Employer or own account worker; Employee; Assisting relative.
  • Nationality
    Irish nationals; Non-Irish nationals (United Kingdom; EU15 excluding Ireland and UK; EU15 to EU25 accession states; Other); Not stated (incl no nationality).
  • Birthplace (broad)
    Ireland; United Kingdom; Poland; Lithuania; Other EU; Other European countries; Africa; Asia: America: Other.
  • Birthplace (detailed)
    Ireland; EU (distinguishing each EU state); Other European countries (Romania; Russia; Ukraine; Moldova; Other); Africa (Nigeria; South Africa; Zimbabwe; Congo; Other); Asia (China; Philippines; India; Pakistan; Malaysia; Bangladesh; Hong Kong; Other; America (USA; Brazil; Canada; Other); Australia; New Zealand; Other.
  • Status in family nucleus
    Head; Spouse; Child.
  • Family unit
    Husband and wife (or couple) without children; Husband and wife (or couple) with children; Lone parent with children.
  • Education level
    Primary (incl no formal education); Lower secondary; Upper secondary; Third level non-degree; Third level degree or higher.
  • Religion (broad)
    Roman Catholic; Church of Ireland (incl Protestant); Other Christian religion; Presbyterian; Muslim (Islamic); Orthodox; Methodist; Other stated religions; No religion; Not stated.
  • Broad Economic sector (NACE Rev. 2)
    A Agriculture; B-F Industry; G-U Services.


Labour Market and Earnings - Labour Market

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