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12.3% of employees absent from work in Q3 - CSO

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Absences from work due to factors such as temporary layoffs, illness, family leave and holidays were up nearly 20% in the year to the end of September, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show today.

In total, 303,200 people - or 12.3% of the workforce - were absent from work during the third quarter, up from 11.3% or 253,800 in the same period last year.

However, the latest Labour Force Survey found that there was also a 9.8% increase in employment during the three month period.

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