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Land Mass 2,601,501 ha
% of Ireland 37.1%
Population Density (2011) 31.51 persons per sq km

Human Resource

Population (2011) 820,880
Population Change (2006-2011) 7.7%

Key Centres with Population over 5,000 (2011)

Galway City 76,778
Ennis 25,360
Letterkenny 19,588
Sligo 19,452
Castlebar 12,318
Ballina 11,086
Shannon 9,673
Tuam 8,242
Buncrana 6,839
Ballinasloe 6,659
Westport 6,063
Roscommon 5,693

Employment

Employed (2011) 310,519
Employment Change (2006-2011) -5.9%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2006) 60.3%

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size  (2010) 26.33 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2011) 24,448

Numbers Employed by Sector (2011)

Total 310,519
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 24,448 (7.9%)
Industry & Construction 57,087 (18.4%)
Services 211,668 (68.2%)

Agency Assisted Employment (2013)

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies 24,417
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies 24,800

Download a report on ‘Trends in Agency Assisted Employment in the Western Region’ here

Income & Output

Net Output per Person Engaged (2012)* €240,630
Avg. Wage in Industry (2012) €37,379

* There are some limitations associated with Net Output figures which relate to the ownership of companies and transfer pricing arrangements which may be applied.

Tourism (2013)

Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists €596m

Enterprise (2012)

Number of Active Enterprises 29,795
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees) 91.0%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2007-2009) -3.2%

Labour Catchments in the Western Region (2006)

Galway city labour catchment 64,455
Ennis labour catchment 21,333
Sligo borough labour catchment 20,321
Letterkenny labour catchment 17,886
Castlebar labour catchment 13,757
Roscommon labour catchment 7,306
Carrick-on-Shannon labour catchment 6,632

* The labour catchment of a town is that area from which it draws most of its workforce. These figures are the number of workers living in the catchment areas of these towns.

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Further detail is contained in the report Travel to Work and Labour Catchments in the Western Region: A Profile of Seven Town Labour Catchments available at: http://www.wdc.ie/publications/reports-and-papers/