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There are now 2.19 million people employed in Ireland, new figures show

THERE ARE 2.19 million people employed in Ireland after over 61,900 additional people entered employment in 2017, according to the latest National Skills Bulletin. 

Produced by Solas, the Further Education and Training Authority, the Bulletin provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level.

It found that employment growth was particularly strong in construction, accommodation and food, and the education sector. 

Construction employment increased by 12,300, driven primarily by an increase in employment in skilled trades. 

Accommodation and food employment saw an increase of 13,400 relating to waiters, kitchen assistants and chefs.