Women are more likely to look af­ter the fam­ily

Bray People - - News Focus -

A SIG­NIF­I­CANTLY larger amount of women in the Gar­den County look af­ter their home or fam­i­lies rather than seek em­ploy­ment, while the eco­nomic sta­tus of men re­flects the na­tional av­er­age.

24.1 per cent of women liv­ing in Wick­low look af­ter the home or fam­ily, while na­tion­ally only 21.8 per cent of women do the same. 3.3 per cent of women here can’t work be­cause of per­ma­nent sickness or a dis­abil­ity, and 4 per cent na­tion­wide. 48.4 per cent in the county are em­ployed and 9.9 per cent are re­tired or oth­er­wise.

The re­cent eco­nomic down­turn means some em­ploy­ment fig­ures are likely to be slightly wide of the mark given that the in­for­ma­tion is based on the 2006 cen­sus.

Ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures 67.5 per cent of Wick­low men are in em­ploy­ment, com­pared to 66 per cent na­tion­ally. 3.8 per cent can’t work be­cause of sickness or dis­abil­ity, be­low the state fig­ure of 4.2 per cent.

9.5 per cent are stu­dents, 6.3 per cent are re­tired and and a mere 0.9 per cent stay at home to look af­ter ther house or fam­ily. There are pro­por­tion­ally fewer peo­ple liv­ing in Wick­low em­ployed in health and ed­u­ca­tion, agri­cul­ture and man­u­fac­tur­ing than av­er­age, but more in com­merce and trade than is usual else­where.

29.4 per cent of Wick­low’s work­ing pop­u­la­tion ( 17,376) work in com­mence and trade. 15.4 per cent (9,134) work in heath and ed­u­ca­tion and 13 per cent (7,695) work in the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries.

Build­ing and construction ac­counts for 6,745 peo­ple em­ployed, an 11.4 per cent sec­tor share.

Oc­cu­pa­tion wise Wick­low has a lower av­er­age share of work­ers in agri­cul­tural po­si­tions (3.6 per cent com­pared to 4.5 per cent) and also has a lower than av­er­age share of work­ers in man­u­fac­tur­ing oc­cu­pa­tions by 1.1 per cent.

How­ever, its share of man­age­rial and gov­ern­ment work­ers is above the na­tional av­er­age. Over­all, how­ever, the oc­cu­pa­tion dis­tri­bu­tion of those at work in Wick­low re­flects the na­tional av­er­age.

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