In 2009, 23% of Irish people between the ages of 0 and 59 lived in a jobless household. The equivalent figure for the EU -15 was 11%. The next highest was the UK at 13%.
What this means
I have used the figures for 2009, as they have been the subject of detailed studies by the ESRI and NESC and so there is a lot more detail available about them. They are based on the CSO's SILC (Survey of Income and Living Conditions) published in 2010, but the information was collected in 2009.
While the figures are for 2009, the figures for 2014 are very similar. We still had twice the European average of people living in jobless households.
It includes everyone from the age of 0 to 59. So children are included. Anyone from 60 upwards is excluded, whether they are working or not.
While the principal cause of joblessness is unemployment, people are also jobless due to home duties, illness and being full-time students.
A jobless household is defined as one where the average time worked in the last year by adults of 18 or over was less than 20%. So a person who is living on their own who worked for one month last year, was a jobless household. A couple where one person worked full-time, and the other did not work at all, was not a jobless household. A couple where one person worked full-time and had a non-working wife and adult student living with them, was not a jobless household, as the average time worked was 33%.
What this does not mean
It does not mean, as my article suggested, and as many other reports have suggested "that 23% of households are jobless". The 23% refers to the number of people living in jobless households. I have not been able to find any figures for jobless households.
These figures are based on the SILC. The Central Statistics Office now says that these overestimate the level of people living in jobless households. I discuss this later in this thread.