The Irish economy is on the mend after a long downturn, with the unemployment rate now at 6.7%, down from a peak of 8.6% in late 2016.
But the number of people looking for work has risen dramatically in recent months.
The jobless rate is the proportion of people in the labour force who have been out of work for a number of weeks or months.
It is calculated by dividing the number who are currently unemployed by the number employed.
For example, if someone is unemployed for four weeks, they are considered out of the labour market for four consecutive weeks.
A new job is one that someone in their 40s or 50s has been looking for for at least one month.
If someone is looking for a job for longer, they may be considered in the job market for three weeks or longer.
This chart shows the changes in the unemployment figure in Ireland over the past year: Source: IrishCentral article Job seekers in Ireland have seen a huge increase in the number in recent weeks, according to the latest figures.
More than a third of jobseekers have been seeking work since mid-December, with unemployment rising to 6.6%.
This is up from a pre-crisis high of 7.4% and well below the peak of the Irish JobBridge scheme in 2009.
However, the number out of employment in 2017 has been falling, from 11.9% in February to 10.5% in March, according the latest ONS data.
Meanwhile, people looking to start a new job are in the midst of a revival in their chances of getting one.
There are more than 2.5 million people in Ireland seeking a job, up from 1.8 million two years ago, according in February, when the government announced a five-year expansion of the JobBridge programme.
This was the largest increase since the scheme was launched in the early 1990s.