Ireland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 5.1 percent in December of 2021, the lowest since May of 2020 and easing from 5.2 percent in the previous month. However, the COVID-19 Adjusted Measure of Unemployment could indicate a rate as high as 7.5 percent if all claimants of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment were classified as unemployed. This alternative measure edged higher from 6.9 percent in November, marking the first increase since January of 2021. The youth unemployment rate, measuring jobseekers aged 15-24, decreased to 10.6 percent from a downwardly revised 10.7 percent in the previous month. source: Central Statistics Office Ireland

Unemployment Rate in Ireland averaged 10.42 percent from 1983 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 17.30 percent in December of 1985 and a record low of 3.90 percent in October of 2000. This page provides the latest reported value for - Ireland Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Ireland Unemployment Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2022.

Unemployment Rate in Ireland is expected to be 5.40 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Ireland Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 5.30 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Ireland Unemployment Rate


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-12-01 11:00 AM Nov 5.2% 5.2% 5.2%
2022-01-12 11:00 AM Dec 5.1% 5.2% 5.2%
2022-02-02 11:00 AM Jan 5.1%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Unemployment Rate 5.10 5.20 percent Dec/21
Unemployed Persons 149.10 184.10 Thousand Sep/21
Employed Persons 2465.70 2352.50 Thousand Sep/21
Unemployment Change -2900.00 -1045.00 Persons Dec/21
Full Time Employment 1923.20 1875.20 Thousand Sep/21
Part Time Employment 531.30 477.90 Thousand Sep/21
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.20 63.10 percent Sep/21
Youth Unemployment Rate 17.40 17.00 percent Sep/21
Wages in Manufacturing 928.79 929.77 EUR/Week Sep/21
Initial Jobless Claims 37286.00 35802.00 Persons Dec/21
Employment Rate 72.20 68.60 percent Sep/21
Wages 837.42 849.69 EUR/Week Sep/21
Wage Growth 5.40 4.10 percent Sep/21
Average Weekly Hours 33.10 32.50 Sep/21
Average Hourly Earnings 25.31 26.14 EUR Sep/21

News Stream
Irish Jobless Rate at 19-Month Low
Ireland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 5.1 percent in December of 2021, the lowest since May of 2020 and easing from 5.2 percent in the previous month. However, the COVID-19 Adjusted Measure of Unemployment could indicate a rate as high as 7.5 percent if all claimants of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment were classified as unemployed. This alternative measure edged higher from 6.9 percent in November, marking the first increase since January of 2021. The youth unemployment rate, measuring jobseekers aged 15-24, decreased to 10.6 percent from a downwardly revised 10.7 percent in the previous month.
2022-01-12
Irish Jobless Rate Remains at 18-Month Low
Ireland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 5.2 percent in November of 2021, remaining unchanged from the previous month at an 18-month low. The COVID-19 Adjusted Measure of Unemployment could indicate a rate as high as 6.9 percent if all claimants of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment were classified as unemployed, the lowest since the start of the pandemic. This alternative measure eased from 7.9 percent in October and 20.4 percent in November of 2020. The youth unemployment rate, measuring jobseekers aged 15-24 years, edged higher to 10.9 percent from an upwardly revised 10.5 percent in the previous month.
2021-12-01
Irish Jobless Rate Falls to Over 1-Year Low
Ireland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in October of 2021, remaining the same from the downwardly revised rate in the previous month, the lowest reading since May 2020. The COVID-19 Adjusted Measure of Unemployment could indicate a rate as high as 7.9% if all claimants of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment were classified as unemployed. This alternative measure eased from a downwardly revised 8.9 percent in September and down from 20.3 percent in October 2020. Youth unemployment rate, measuring jobseekers aged 15-24 years, edged higher to 10.4 percent from a downwardly revised 10.3 percent in September.
2021-11-03

Ireland Unemployment Rate
In Ireland, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.