The charts below shows the unemployment rate and the number of people leaving Ireland from 1988 to 2008.
The chart gives information about the percentage of citizens of Ireland who were unemployed and the number of emigrants from the country from 1988 to 2008.
Overall, there was a significant decline in the unemployment rate in Ireland. Also, the number of country leavers went down during most of the examined period.
Regarding Ireland’s rate of unemployment, after a mild decrease from roughly 16% in 1988 to just under 14% in 1990, it experienced a slight recovery to about 15% in two years’ time. The figure then plummeted to 4% in the year 2000, followed by a six-year period of stability. However, the unemployment rate of Ireland increased to nearly 6% in the final year.
Starting with 60000 leavers in 1988, this number fell to approximately 55000 in 1990 before plunging to over 30000 after two years. The number of Ireland’s emigrants continued to go down to around 27000 for the next 12 years, and suddenly surged to 50000 in the year 2008.