Nearly 20,000 jobs created in first three months of 2017

Largest rate of employment increase seen in the information and communications sector

Employment in Ireland’s construction sector rose by 8.5 per cent or 11,100. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Employment in Ireland’s construction sector rose by 8.5 per cent or 11,100. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Employment growth in the Irish economy is continuing to accelerate with official figures indicating that nearly 20,000 jobs were created in the first three months of the year.

The positive trend is being driven by a rapid pick-up in employment in the technology and construction sectors.

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