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News : Irish Economy Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010 - 5:48:50 AM


Statistical Yearbook of Ireland 2010 published on first World Statistics Day
By Finfacts Team
Oct 20, 2010 - 2:40:57 PM

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The Statistical Yearbook of Ireland 2010 (pdf) is published today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) - - the first World Statistics Day, designated by the United Nations to celebrate the importance of official statistics in our society.

 

The Yearbook presents a comprehensive picture of Ireland by providing detailed information, tables and graphs across a wide range of topics. These include the population, births, deaths, labour force, education, health, crime, the economy, agriculture, industry, construction, services, prices, earnings, housing, transport, tourism, and the environment.


People 

  • The 2006 population census enumerated 4.240m people, an increase of 8.2% on the 2002 census. In the three years to 2009, the population rose by a further 5.2% to 4.459m.
  • The number of births has risen fairly steadily since 2001. In 2009 there were 74,278 births, and a third of these were outside marriage. As there were only 28,898 deaths, the natural increase, the excess of births over deaths, in 2009 was 45,380.
  • The total number of cohabiting couples, by far the fastest-growing type of family unit, rose from 77,600 in 2002 to 121,800 in 2006.
  • The most popular babies’ names in 2009 were Jack and Sophie.

Work

  • Employment fell from 2.1m in 2008 to 1.9m in 2009, the first major fall in 16 years.
  • The number of unemployed people more than doubled between 2008 and 2009. There were 264,600 people unemployed in 2009, compared with 126,700 in 2008 and a low of 69,400 in 2001.
  • A third of am days were lost due to industrial disputes in 2009, compared to only 4,000 in 2008. The 2009 figure was the highest in 25 years.
  • In the 4th quarter of 2009, average weekly earnings were €716, down 0.6% on a year earlier. As average hourly earnings increased by 0.9%, the drop in weekly earnings was driven by a drop in hours worked.

Economy and Finance

  • GNP (at constant prices) fell 10.7% in 2009. This followed a fall of 3.5% in 2008.
  • National Debt as a percentage of GDP fell consistently from 87.7% in 1990 to a low of 19.8% in 2007. But it rose to 28.0% in 2008 and to 47.1% in 2009.
  • The Consumer Price Index fell by 4.5% in 2009 following a rise of 4.1% the year before.
  • Exports fell from €92.7bn in 2001 to €83.5bn in 2009. Over the same period, imports fell from €57.4bn to €44.8bn.

Social Conditions, Health and Education

  • Social welfare expenditure amounted to 15.6% of Gross national income in 2009. Ten years previously it was 8.2%.
  • 30,110 new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2008, 15% higher than in 2005.
  • At age 20, 63% of females and 48% of males were in full-time education in 2008/09.

Building and Construction

  • Between 2008 and 2009, the volume of production in building and construction fell by 37%, and the volume of production in residential building fell by 58%.
  • The number of planning permissions granted for new dwellings fell by 41% to 10,380 between 2008 and 2009.

Services and Distribution

  • Retail sales fell by 14% in volume and 18% in value in 2009.
  • The volume of Motor Trade decreased by 43% in 2009, the largest annual decrease since records began.

Agriculture

  • In the 10 years to 2009, farm input prices rose by 51.1%, but output prices rose by only 9.6%.
  • The total area farmed in 2009 was 4.2m hectares. Of this, pasture accounted for a half and silage for a quarter.
  • The remainder consisted of rough grazing (11%), crops, fruit and horticulture (10%) and hay (5%).
  • In June 2009 there were 6.7m cattle, 4.8m sheep and 1.5m pigs.

Tourism and Transport

  • Overseas visits to Ireland fell by 11.6% to 6,927,000 in 2009 compared to 2008. Total spending by these visitors was down by 19% to €3,109m.
  • Irish residents made 7,047,000 trips abroad in 2009, 10% fewer than in 2008. Total expenditure (excluding fares) fell by 11% to €6,148m.
  • There were 63% fewer new private cars licensed for the first time in 2009 compared to 2008.

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