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Recent trends in employment and unemployment: assessing the impact of the economic downturn on part-time farmers

By David Meredith

Abstract

working paperThis paper begins with an overview of contemporary trends in national employment and unemployment before providing a synopsis of the regional distribution of unemployment and how it has changed in recent years. Using Quarterly National household Survey data the analysis then focuses on a sub-group within the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) data who report employment in Agriculture, Forestry or Fishing as a secondary occupation. This latter group derive the majority of their income off-farm and fall firmly within the 'part-time' farming category. Exploring changes in employment patterns amongst this group not only highlights the impact of the recession on farm-based families but also reveals some of the ongoing consequences of the restructuring of Ireland’s rural economy. The paper concludes by considering the implications of these findings with regard to demand for state supports to farmers

Topics: Employment, Unemployment, Ireland, Part-time farmers, REcession
Publisher: Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, Ireland
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:t-stor.teagasc.ie:11019/703
Provided by: T-Stór

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