New census figures show that in the north west region there are more than 16,000 people whose job is looking after home and family.
And almost the same number are unemployed throughout the three counties of Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.,
They are are among the revelations in the latest Census 2016 results just released.
The Census 2016 figures show that in County Donegal, there were 11,662 people who were unemployed, having lost or given up a previous job.
Almost 4,600 of those were women.
In Sligo, more than 3,800 were unemployed, of which almost 2,300 were men.
About 1,970 people were unemployed in Leitrim; almost 750 of these were women.
The Census figures also show the number of people whose principal role is looking after home or family.
In Donegal, it’s more than 10,640; that’s made up of more than 9,700 men and 925 men.
In Sligo, it’s 3,600, of which just 307 are men.
And in Leitrim, more than 2,000 are looking after home or family; just 188 of these are men.
Overall, in the three counties of Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim, the main role of almost 16,300 people is looking after home and family.
More than 22,000 people in Donegal are retired, over 9,200 in Sligo and 4,500 in Leitrim.