Majority of Leitrim people work outside the county

As the number of unemployed in the county continues to rise, it is interesting to note that the majority of those employed and residing in the county have to travel outside of Leitrim for work.

As the number of unemployed in the county continues to rise, it is interesting to note that the majority of those employed and residing in the county have to travel outside of Leitrim for work.

The Central Statistics Office last week released the final publication in its series of Census 2011 profile reports, it showed that only 2,886 persons resident in County Leitrim also worked in the county, while 6,532 commuted to work outside the county.

Meanwhile 5,156 people residing outside the county commuted to work in Leitrim, resulting in a net loss in the working population of 1,376.

The Census also highlighted the necessity for personal cars in Leitrim, as a total of 8,117 persons, representing 78.3% of Leitrim commuters travelled to work by car in April 2011.

This figure is much higher than the state average of 69.7%. Only 1.1% used public transport (bus or train), 0.5% cycled and 6.6% walked to work.

One in twelve commuters residing in Leitrim had travel times of an hour or longer to work, while 3.9% (387 persons) spent 90 minutes or more commuting. 31.7% of Leitrim workers had travel times of 15 minutes or less.

School wise, a total of 508 (14.5%) students aged 5-12 years in the county walked to school in 2011. 53.7% travelled to school by car, with 31% travelling by bus and 0.5% cycling.

Amongst secondary students, 14.4% (320 students) walked and 42.8% travelled to school by car, while 41.4% travelled by bus and 0.5% cycled.

The full report is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census along with all the data which is available in a range of interactive web tables, allowing users to build their own tables by selecting the data they are interested in and downloading it in an easy to use format for their own analysis.