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22/10/2021

Almost half of Kildare's workforce are leaving the county to work

The rise and rise of people commuting out of the county shows no signs of abating as recent figures show that 46.4% of the county's workforce are leaving each morning to work in a different county. The destination for most of these migrant workers is Dublin, with 84% of commuters working in the capital county. The growing industrial industry in Dublin is a huge lure to skilled workers and the cheaper rates of rent in Kildare provide a viable option for living for those wishing to work in the city. The fact that 46% of workers who are commuting from Kildare to Dublin every day are aged 20-34 highlights the fact that it has become a haven for young graduates who are in full time employment in Dublin. Unsurprisingly, Celbridge is the town with the highest ratio of workers leaving to work in Dublin, with 60% of workers doing so. Towns with larger employment opportunities are managing to hang onto the young workforce as companies such as Kerry Group and Intel, which are based in Naas, helping to draw people towards the town. In Naas, over 37% of the population work in the town itself, compared to 35% commuting away from the area for work. Newbridge also has favourable figures when it comes with 32% of the working population employed within the town, whereas only 27% commute outside the county.    

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