Seasonally adjusted figures from the Central Statistics Office show that industrial employment rose in the first quarter of the year.

The March figure of 241,900 showed an increase of 400 from the previous quarter. It was also 1,900 higher than a year earlier.

Separate CSO figures show that average industrial weekly earnings were up 4.9% in March compared with a year earlier at €614.44. But the weekly average dropped 1% compared with December last year.