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Ireland Unemployment rate

(percent, source: The World Bank)


Ireland Unemployment rate: For that indicator, The World Bank provides data for Ireland from 1983 to 2012. The average value for Ireland during that period was 11.23 percent with a minumum of 3.7 percent in 2001 and a maximum of 18.1 percent in 1987.


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The unemployment rate in Ireland and other countries is defined as the number of unemployed people as percent of the labor force. The labor force includes the people who are either employed or unemployed, i.e. who don't have a job but are actively looking for one. The labor force does not include people who are not looking for work, children, and the retired.

The unemployment rate seldom declines below 4-5 percent even during boom times. There are always people who move between different sectors of the economy or between cities. When the economy goes into recession, then unemployment can reach much higher numbers, sometimes even in the double digits.

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World Bank definition: Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.