Women are more likely to look after the family
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.