Area of Dundalk identified as an unemployment blackspot by Census 2016
The unemployment rate for Co Louth was 16.7% at the time of the Census last year with one area of Dundalk identified as an unemployment blackspot.
New figures from Census 2016, released by the Central Statistics Office, show that the unemployment rate in the county has fallen by 7.1% from the 23.8% it stood at at the time of the previous Census in 2011.
Louth had the fourth highest unemployment rate in the country with only Longford, Donegal and Carlow having a higher rate. It was also well above the national average of 12.9%.
One area of the county, Dundalk Urban No 2, was identified as an unemployment blackspot with 28% of people there unemployed.
The majority of those unemployed are male with more than a third (33.7%) of those males aged between 15-24 out of work. The male unemployment rate has fallen 10.1% from 27.7% in 2011 to 17.6% last year.
The female rate has also fallen 3.5% from 19% in 2011 to 15.5% in 2016.
Overall 32.2% of 15-24 year olds are unemployed with a further 16.7% of 25-34 year olds also out of work.
The population eligible to work in Co Louth (those aged 15 and over) has grown from 94,235 in 2011 to 99,219 in 2015.