11.2.1 Using Tables

Now it’s time to use the table from the Tourism Fact Card.

Solution symbolActivity: Employment in the Irish Tourist Industry

Employment in the Irish Tourist Industry (Numbers Employed by Sector)

Sector/Year 1999 2001 2002 2003 %+/– (’01–’03)
Hotels 53,906 54,275 54,656 54,164 0.2%
Guesthouses 3,115 2,943 2,914 2,879 2.2%
Self-catering accommodation 4,580 3,830 n/a 3,878 1.3%
Restaurants 40,283 41,827 41,409 41,085 1.8%
Non-licensed restaurants 15,221 13,849 n/a 15,642 12.9%
Licensed premises 78,300 78,225 80,121 79,319 1.4%
Tourism services and attractions 33,910 34,568 34,852 34,749 0.5%
Total 229,315 229,517 231,716 0.96%
Source: Fáilte Ireland (2004).
Note: Percentages have been rounded.

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 guesthouses in Ireland in 2003?

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

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(a) Going across the row marked ‘Guesthouses’ and down the column headed ‘2003’ shows that 2,879 people were employed in guesthouses in 2003.

(b) Why do you think that there is no total for 2002?

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Look carefully at all the data in this column.

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(b) In the column for 2002, the number of people employed in self-catering accommodation and in non-licensed restaurants was not available (n/a), so the overall total can’t be found.

(c) Which type of premises employed the highest number of people in 2001?

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(c) Going down the column for 2001, the highest number (apart from the total) is 78,225. So, licensed premises employed the highest number of people in 2001.

(d) What type of premises has shown the largest percentage rise between 2001 and 2003? How has this percentage been calculated?

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When calculating the percentage think carefully about what you have been asked to work out – which value is the original value that you are comparing the increase to?

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(d) The largest percentage rise is for non-licensed restaurants, 12.9%. The increase in the number of people employed in non-licensed restaurants between 2001 and 2003 is 15642 minus 13849 equals 1793.

So the percentage increase is actual increase divided by original number multiplication 100 percent equation left hand side equals right hand side 1793 divided by 13849 multiplication 100 percent equals 12.9 percent (rounded to 1 d.p.).

It’s handy that the calculation has been done for you, though!

11.2.2 Representing Data in Tables