Ireland: The Labour Market
Observer 206, June/July 1997
Economic activity in Ireland since 1993 has grown by almost a quarter, more than three times the average increase in the rest of Europe. Rapid growth of output has been accompanied by substantial gains in employment, creating more jobs in three years than in the previous thirty. Employment growth in Ireland is thus much higher than in the rest of Europe and North America (Figure 1). In addition, net emigration – a persistent phenomenon in Ireland over the past two centuries – has been reduced, and in 1996 Ireland
experienced a net inflow of population. At the same time, the labour-force participation rate has risen as more women have joined the labour force.To read the full article, download the PDF file below.