A new report shows that the Castlebar labour catchment is the fifth largest labour catchment in the western region.

This is one of the findings of a new report carried out by the Western Development Commission, which has carried out in-depth research into the commuting patterns of those at work in the western region.

The Castlebar town labour catchment covers a large area but is completely confined within the central areas of Mayo and small areas in the west such as north Achill and Ballycroy.

In 2016 there were nearly 14,000 people classified as at work and living within the Castlebar labour catchment which is nearly three times as many workers living in Castlebar.

The report identified 42 labour catchments in the western region, ranging in size from the largest – Galway city with over 70,000 resident workers, to centres with fewer than 1,000 resident workers.

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