Many Carlow residents spend a minimum of two hours every day commuting

Carlow has the third lowest Labour Force participation rate in the state

Darren Hassett

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Figure indicates there aren't a lot of employment opportunities in the area

Many Carlow residents spend a minimum of two hours every day commuting, according to the latest Economic Indicators report by IBEC.

Average commuting time for the State is currently 28 minutes however, over 30% of the population have a daily commute of 30 minutes to an hour each way and 11% of the population facing a commute over one hour each way.

The most extreme cases exist in the counties immediately bordering Dublin (Kildare, Meath and Wicklow) spend a minimum of two hours every day commuting.

It is also particularly high in Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Carlow and Cavan.

The report shows Carlow has the third lowest Labour Force participation rate in the state at just under 60.5%, compared to a national average of just over 65%.

It found that local businesses, not central government, are the primary source of income for local government in Ireland.

The report added: "Thus, local authorities have a significant impact on business conditions and cost competitiveness in their locality through commercial rates and other charges."

Carlow has an average commerical rates bill of €6,155 which puts it 18th most expensive of the 31 local authorities.  

Overseas revenue from tourism in Carlow was around €45m while the lowest was Longford (€10m).

Also, 28.2% of the population of Carlow are dependent on the National Broadband Plan for the delivery of high-speed internet.