More people living in the Western Region now leave the Region for work

More people living in the Western Region now leave the Region for work – analysis of Census data by the WDC shows

  • 7 out of every 10 workers (71.5%) living in the Western Region, work within the Region a decline since 2011 when 73.2% of workers in the Western Region found work in the Region.
  • Over 4,200 Western Region residents travel to work in Dublin, up by 16.9% since 2011.
  • In 2016 there was a net loss of 17,565 workers who leave the Region to work elsewhere.
  • Compared to 2011, this is an increase in the number of workers leaving the Region to work, when there was a net loss of -14,939 residents working outside of the Region.

 Of the workplace destinations outside the Western Region, the five counties of Limerick (7,948), Westmeath (4,500), Dublin (4,258), Derry (2,986) and Longford (1,730) are the most significant workplaces.

 Over 4,500 workers living in the Western Region work abroad (4,661).

Some specific county findings available at the links below:

Donegal: Close to 3,000 County Donegal residents work in Derry. (2,965).

Donegal Download the WDC Insights County Donegal Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

Galway city has a net gain of nearly 16,000 workers, of which a large proportion is likely to come from county Galway where there was a net loss of just over 16,000. Galway City Download the WDC Insights Galway City Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

County Galway: One quarter of County Galway residents (25.3%) work in Galway city. Download the WDC Insights Galway County Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

Leitrim: In 2016, 14.3% of workers in County Leitrim lived in County Roscommon. Download the WDC Insights County Leitrim Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

Mayo: County Dublin was the place of work for 579 County Mayo residents in 2016. Download the WDC Insights County Mayo Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

Roscommon: Over 1,000 (1,034) workers in County Roscommon live in County Galway. Download the WDC Insights County Roscommon Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

 Sligo: Apart from Galway city, County Sligo was the only area with a net gain in working population in 2016 (+528). Download the WDC Insights County Sligo Place of Residence and Place of Work here (PDF 0.2MB each):

 According to Deirdre Frost, Policy Analyst, “The trends suggest that while there is an increase in the number of Western Region residents in work, it is also clear that a greater number are commuting to work to places beyond the Western Region. Enterprise and employment policy should aim to provide more employment opportunities closer to where people live.”

 Download this WDC Insights

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