Census 2011 saw a strong increase in the number of students acrioss Ireland aged 15 years and over since 2006 – increasing by 16.9% for the State overall. Leitrim had one of the highest increases - 15.4% of Leitrim people were categorized as students in last year’s census.
2,291 of us in the county had books, studying or exams on our minds last year, the figures showed a jump in mature students returning to education and to young adults staying longer in the education system.
CSO released the latest in its series of Census 2011 results last week covering the socio-economic results from the census.
If you were in employment last year, you were one of 15,019 Leitrim people in the labour force in April 2011 - the figure showed an increase of 1,238, or 9%, since April 2006. The labour force participation rate in Leitrim was 60.3% compared to 69.4% for the State overall. The male participation rate was 67% while the female participation rate was 53.4%.
3,047 persons were unemployed in Co Leitrim in April 2011 based on the census Principal Economic Status basis. The overall unemployment rate for the county on this basis was 20.3% which is higher than the national umnemployment rate of the State at 19%.
Whether for work, study or leisure our internet consumption in Leitrim jumped last year -broadband use in private households increased from 8% in 2006 to 52.8% in 2011. This huge increase shows the importance of the internet in our daily lives, over half of Leitrim residents have access to broadband at home. Those living in towns were more inclined to have broad band than those living in the county, 61.4% of the county’s urban households had broadband compared with 51.8% in rural areas.
The good news is that we are generally a very healthy county. A new question on general health was introduced for the first time in Census 2011 and asked respondents to select one of five categories ranging from very good to very bad. In County Leitrim 86.7% of people rated their health as good or very good while just 1.4% rated their health as bad or very bad.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO “This report provides a broad overview of the socio-economic situation in Ireland in April 2011. It presents findings on topics such as the changing rate of participation in both the labour force and education of young people, how unemployment has affected various groups and areas over the past five years and how health and social class are related.”
The full report is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census