Employment in Ireland is up, but people are also working longer
Numbers are up...
The number of people employed in the first quarter of 2016 stood at just under 2 million and represented a 2.4% increase from the same period in 2015.
That's an increase of 46,000 over the year.
According to data from the Central Statistics Office, the number of people in employment from 2010 to 2016 increased by 84,600 or 4.5%.
The average usual hours worked in the first quarter of 2016 was 35.8 hours, an increase of 0.9% from the first quarter in 2010.
The agriculture, fishery and forestry sectors have the highest average usual hours of 49.1 hours a week, while the education sector had the lowest with 29.4 hours per week.
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The number of self-employed people has also risen by 5.5% to over 325,000 since 2010.
The largest increase of employment over the past six years was recorded in the managers, directors and senior officials group where the number of people employed increased by 21,600 (15.2%) from 142,500 in the first quarter of 2010 to 164,100 in 2016.