While employment levels are growing across the country, there are 79 electoral divisions deemed unemployment blackspots – including 5 in Co Mayo – according to data released today from the April 2016 census.
The CSO figures show that, nationally, the number of people unemployed in April 2016 was 297,396 – that’s down 30% on the 2011 figure, giving an average unemployment rate of 12.9%.
The unemployment rate in Mayo is higher than the national average at 14.3%, compared to an unemployment rate of 13% in Roscommon and 11.7% in Co Galway.
The data shows 70 electoral divisions across the country that are deemed unemployment blackspots – 5 of which are in Co Mayo.
In these areas, the unemployment rate is over 27%.
Three of the unemployment blackspots are in the West Mayo Municipal District – An Geata Mór Theas, Cnoc na Lobhar and Cnoc na Ráithe -with 2 in the Ballina area – Ballina Urban and Ardnaree South which had the highest unemployment rate of these 5 areas at over 31%.
There are 2 unemployment blackspots in Co Galway and one in Roscommon - while there are 18 in Co Limerick and 9 in Waterford.