Among the main findings on Ireland are:
- Ireland has seen one of the highest falls in employment rates between 2008 and 2011. Employment rates fell by 8.2% in the southern and eastern regions, and by 9.2% in the borders, midlands and western regions during that period.
- Ireland's population at risk of poverty and social exclusion is 29.4%, above the EU average of 24.3%. This is slightly lower, at 27% in densely populated areas, and 33% in areas with intermediate population density.
- The Midlands region has seen the highest population increase at 1.2%, while the mid-east's population has grown by 1.1%. However the populations of the border counties and the west have decreased by -.48% and -.45% respectively.
- Ireland's population is growing at its highest pace in the east of the country, and Ireland has the highest fertility rates in the EU.
The Regional yearbook 2013, published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, presents regional statistics from a wide range of fields, giving a more detailed and diverse picture of the EU than national level data. It also enables an analysis, for example, of how the financial crisis has affected regions across the EU. It indicates, among other things, in which regions employment, population and GDP have decreased the most and in which there have been increases. It also shows how poverty has affected the population differently depending on whether they live in a densely or more thinly populated area.
The publication shows data for the 272 NUTS level 2 regions and, for some indicators, the 1 315 NUTS level 3 regions of the Member States of the EU as well as, when available, the regions in the four EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and three of the candidate countries (Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey).
As last year, the interactive tool Statistical Atlas on the Eurostat website provides access to all the maps from the latest edition of the Eurostat regional yearbook. This application allows users to display detailed information on a specific region or city and gives the possibility to download individual maps as high resolution PDF.
Eurostat has also recently launched a new interactive tool, Regional Statistics Illustrated, to visualise regional data. This tool contains more than fifty constantly updated indicators at NUTS 2 level. Through an interactive map, selected regions can be analysed and compared through different visualisation options. An animated timeline shows how regions have performed over time. It should be noted that Regional Statistics Illustrated always uses the latest available data in the Eurostat database, while the Statistical Atlas shows maps based on data as published in the Regional yearbook.
The full Eurostat press release with detailed tables is available here.