Economic Profile of Kildare
Kildare has wide ranging and diverse areas of economic activity within its boundaries but there are four broadly defined areas of economic activity:
- The North East Metropolitan area
- The North West Agricultural/Boglands
- The Commercial Centre
- The Agricultural South
Across the three broad sectors of economic activity, Agriculture, Industry and Services, there has been a marked change in the sectoral employment shares over the past four decades.
The decline in agricultural employment is matched by the rise in employment in the services sector, and this trend is likely to continue in the future. The share of employment growth in Commerce Finance and Business Services (52% of the total employment growth) is significant, in that one in every two additional jobs created in the period was in this sector.
County Kildare occupies 2.4% of the total area of the State and contains 4.2% of the population (Census 2002). The CSO estimates of Gross Value Added (GVA) show that in 1995, the economy of Kildare contributed 4.1% of the total GVA for the State. Compared to the other counties under the immediate influence of the Dublin metropolitan area the performance in Kildare was quite good as evidenced by a GVA per capita that was 111% of the average for the State, compared with 80% for Wicklow and only 68% for Meath.
The government policies such as The National Spatial Strategy, Transport 21 and The Regional Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area are being adopted by Kildare County Council to further develop the economic strength of the county.
For further information, please refer to:
- Kildare County Development Plan 2005-2011