Just 26% of Leitrim people have a college qualification

The Central Statistics Office released the latest publication in its series of Census 2011 results, showing that showing that in April 2011, 26% of people aged 15 and over in the county had a third level qualification, compared to 31% for the State as a whole.

The Central Statistics Office released the latest publication in its series of Census 2011 results, showing that showing that in April 2011, 26% of people aged 15 and over in the county had a third level qualification, compared to 31% for the State as a whole.

Of the 4,326 who held a third level qualification, just 21% were graduates of a university or institute. Women took home more qualifications (60%) compared to Leitrim men (40%), which is in line with the rest of the country.

Just 76 people in the county who had completed their education held a Doctorate (Ph.D.) level qualification in April 2011.

Only 3,138 of Leitrim adults (15%) had completed their full-time education before the age of 16, which is 2% higher than the state average of 13%.

The social sciences, business and law category was by far the most popular field of study among all those with post-secondary school qualifications in the county in 2011, with 1,530 persons holding a qualification in this area.

A total of 12,644 persons in County Leitrim, accounting for 42% of the population aged 3 and over, indicated that they could speak Irish. This percentage was higher than the State average of 41%, but less than the Connacht average of 46%.

There were 324 persons in Leitrim speaking Irish on a daily basis outside of the education system in April 2011 accounting for 1.1% of the total population aged 3 and over, compared to the state average of 1.8%.

The publication, “Profile 9 What we know – A study of education and skills in Ireland”, presents a profile of the education and skills of the Irish population, focusing in detail on age leaving education and field of study in which qualifications are held.

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.