Official figures show that employment growth slowed again in the first quarter of this year.
The Quarterly National Household Survey, published by the Central Statistics Office, shows that there were just over 2.1 million people working in the first quarter, an increase of 53,000 or 2.6% on the same period a year earlier.
The CSO figures show that 352,000 non-Irish people were in work in Q1, more than 16% of the total, while just over 21,000 were unemployed. Almost 40% of workers in the hotels and restaurants sector were non-Irish.
Non-Irish workers are tentatively estimated to have accounted for over 48,000 (90.0%) of the annual increase in employment and for 1,300 (14.9%) of the increase in the number of unemployed persons.