Unemployed hold 12.5% of Offaly mortgages

12.5% of all homes in Offaly with a loan or mortgage are owned by a person who is either unemployed or looking for work.

12.5% of all homes in Offaly with a loan or mortgage are owned by a person who is either unemployed or looking for work.

According to figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) the number of households occupied by residents in Offaly increased by 12.8% from 23,533 in 2006 to 24,543 in 2011.

And worryingly 1,216 households were headed by a person who was either unemployed or looking for work, representing 12.5% of all homes with a loan or mortgage in the county.

The number of dwellings that were owned through an existing mortgage or loan stood at 9,713, compared to 9,707 in 2006.

The home ownership rate in the county in 2011 was 75.4% with a total of 6,180 households (23.3%) living in rented accommodation.

The increase in apartments as an accommodation type continued in 2011 with 937 occupied apartments in Offaly in 2011, accounting for 3.5% of all occupied households in the county.

The number of vacant dwellings in the county totalled 3,620 in April 2011, giving a vacancy rate of 11.8%. Of these 2,858 were vacant houses, 544 were vacant apartments and 218 were holiday homes.

The average local authority rent in Offaly increased from €50.61 in 2006 to €56.19 in 2011.

In relation to rents paid for private accommodation, households in Offaly paid an average of €116.98 per week in 2011, compared to €128.53 in 2006.

A total of 14,635 homes in Offaly were connected to public sewerage schemes in 2011, representing 55.1% of all households. 9,731 (36.7%) of households used an individual septic tank.

The public mains supplied the drinking water for 64.9% of all households in Offaly. A further 13.6% were connected to a local authority group water scheme and 19% were connected to a private source (group and other).

Oil was the most popular type of central heating fuel used in the county, heating 46.9% of all homes.

The figures were compiled following Census 2011 held on April 10.

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO, said the report “Profile 4 The Roof over our Heads – Housing in Ireland” provides an in-depth picture of housing in Ireland at the time of the last census.

“It presents detailed results on housing characteristics such as heating, sewerage and water along with an analysis of renting in Ireland, the housing situation among non-Irish nationals and a study of vacant dwellings across the country,” added Ms Cullen.