UNEMPLOYMENT rates among Kildare’s towns varied a lot at the time of the 2011 Census.
Almost two thirds of the county’s top sixteen urban areas had unemployment rates of over 20%, while in a couple, around a third of the workforce declared themselves unemployed.
The rates calculated from the census returns last year show that the university town of Maynooth had the lowest rate of 13.58% while Derrinturn in west Kildare recorded a high of 33.2%.
The figures released by the Central Statistics Office give rates for towns with 1,500 or more population.
Kill (13.81), Leixlip (14.77) and Celbridge (14.93) were best in work terms after Maynooth.
These were followed by Kilcock (15.02), Naas (15.05), Sallins (16.29) and Clane (16.63).
Then came Kilcullen (18.83) and Prosperous (19.84).
In all other town over 20% of the population declared itself without work with Newbridge (21.91). It was slightly better than Rathangan and Kildare (both 23.3).
The three worst hit areas were Monasterevin (24.37), Athy (30.28) and Derrinturn (33.2).
- Henry Bauress