New research from the Central Statistics Office figures show that workers' average earnings were up slightly between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the fourth quarter of 2020.

Average hourly earnings increased by 5.5% between Q4 2019 and Q4 2020, rising from €24.23 to €25.56, the latest UN Sustainable Development Goals "Decent Work and Economic Growth" figures from the CSO show.

Today's report is the eighth in a series of CSO publications which monitor how Ireland is progressing towards meeting its targets under the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 17 UN SDGs are a set of global development targets adopted by United Nations member countries in September 2015 to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

They aim to address global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

Today's research shows that the standard measure of Monthly Unemployment stood at 5.8% in April 2021. This figure does not include claimants of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

The CSO said for youths aged between 15 and 24 years, the standard measure of Monthly Unemployment in April 2021 was 15.9%.

It also noted that the composition of the labour market is very different since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

The CSO figures also reveal that while Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at constant prices rose by almost 51% between 2014 and 2019 there was a smaller increase in Gross National Income (GNI) per capita over the same time, rising from €39,769 to €54,080.

The lowest GDP per capita in 2019 was in the Midlands region at €24,171 while the highest was in Dublin at €106,280.

Looking at workplace accidents, the largest number (47%) of fatal accidents occurred in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing where 20 workers and two non-workers lost their lives in 2019.

The Construction sector reported 12 deaths, making it the sector with second highest number of fatal accidents in 2019, while six people, four workers and two non-workers, suffered fatal accidents in the Transportation & Storage sector.

Of the 47 total fatal workplace accidents that occurred in 2019, 45 were male and two were female, the CSO said.



Looking at workplace accidents, the largest number (47%) of fatal accidents occurred in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing where 20 workers and two non-workers lost their lives in 2019.

The Construction sector reported 12 deaths, making it the sector with second highest number of fatal accidents in 2019, while six people, four workers and two non-workers, suffered fatal accidents in the Transportation & Storage sector.

Of the 47 total fatal workplace accidents that occurred in 2019, 45 were male and two were female, the CSO said.