This paper analyses the recent growth trends in the working age population, the labour force and the numbers of working age persons outside the labour force classified as inactive. In the next section, it sets out the current labour market context and how Ireland compares against peer economies; in the third section examines the recent trends in the labour force compared to the working age population; in the fourth section, it explores the composition and recent trends concerning the inactive working age population. In section five, it contextualises the recent trends in inactivity by examining the trends for each of the four sub-categories of inactivity. Finally it draws out some key messages for policy.
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