Inequality Street

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Some Old Queen writes:

A story map by Mila Sullivan from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on The Changing Patterns of Unemployment and Poverty in Ireland, 2011-2017.

Mila’s final line in the story map (‘The proportion of the population in receipt of Job-seeker’s Allowance is going down. The population in receipt of Family Income Supplements is increasing’) is very telling and proves the point that stats can be selectively used. In this case that employment is not the be all and end all of wealth distribution.

The maps can be zoomed in and contain a huge amount of data all the way down to almost neighbourhood level and new data is constantly uploaded. Great work Mila.

In fairness

The Changing Patterns of Unemployment and Poverty in Ireland, 2011-2017

2 thoughts on “Inequality Street

  1. Cian

    “Mila’s final line in the story map (‘The proportion of the population in receipt of Job-seeker’s Allowance is going down. The population in receipt of Family Income Supplements is increasing’) is very telling and proves the point that stats can be selectively used. In this case that employment is not the be all and end all of wealth distribution.”

    Stats can be selectively used indeed.
    The proportion of the population in receipt of Job-seeker’s Allowance is dropping by whole numbers across the years. The proportion of the population in receipt of Family Income Supplements is increasing by fractions each year.

    example years: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016
    Dublin Job-seekers: 2.7%, 7.2%, 6.6%, 4.6%
    Dublin FIS: 0.4%, 0.5%, 0.8%, 1.0%

    Donegal JS: 4.9%, 12.0%, 11.3%, 8.6%
    Donegal FIS: 0.9%, 0.9%, 1.3%, 1.7%

    1. SOQ

      Yeah fair point but I think it is still an indication that what is known as the working poor is increasing.

      The main thing I read out of it is the shocking disparity between not just towns and cities but even within them.

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