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Before you go on to use the information in the table, here is a summary of the steps in reading a table:

• Examine the column and row headings, particularly the units used.
• Check that you understand the meaning of any symbols or abbreviations.
• Extract the information you need from the main body of the table.

Now you’ve looked at how to go about understanding a table, try this activity for yourself, bearing in mind what you learned in the last section.

Activity 6 Employment in the Irish tourist industry

Timing: Allow approximately 5 minutes
Table 9 Employment in the Irish tourist industry (numbers employed by sector)
Sector/year20092010% ± (2009–2010)
Hotels52 30846 373–11
Guest houses19311812–6
Bed and breakfastsn/a3937
Self-catering accommodation30582426–21
Restaurants41 04938 657–6
Tourism services and attractions31 44918 702n/a Footnotes   *
Totaln/a177 935
(Fáilte Ireland, 2011)

Footnotes

Note: percentages have been rounded.

Footnotes

Footnotes   *Not all of the sectors included in 2009 are included in the 2010 survey

The table above is the same table you saw on the previous page. Use it to answer the following questions:

• a.How many people were employed in Guest houses in Ireland in 2009?

(Click on reveal comment if you would like a hint to get going)

Comment

Look down the first column for the sector and along this row until you reach the correct year.

• a.Going across the row marked ‘Guest houses’ and down the column headed ‘2009’ shows that 1931 people were employed in guesthouses in 2009.
• b.Why do you think that there is no total for 2009?

Look carefully at all the data in this column.

• b.In the column for 2009, the number of people employed in bed and breakfast accommodation was not available (‘n/a’), so the overall total cannot be found.
• c.Which type of premises employed the highest number of people in 2010?