Men worst hit as unemployment soars
Twice as many men as women are out of work in Ireland, with employment dropping by 80,000 over the last year, it has been revealed.
Official figures show that 1.85 million people remained in the workforce in the first quarter of this year, but unemployment soared to 293,600.
The Quarterly National Household Survey showed the fall in the employment rate has slowed, with a 4.1% annual decrease in numbers working in April compared with a 8.2% drop up to April 2009.
But the long-term unemployment rate doubled to 5.9%.
Most recent Live Register figures showed 466,923 people, including part-time workers, signed on for benefits in August.
Elsewhere, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that, in April, the country had the highest level of net outward migration since 1989.
The CSO's population and migration estimates for April showed that, in the previous 12 months, migration remained broadly constant at 65,300 but the number of immigrants coming into Ireland fell sharply, from 57,300 to 30,800.