The gap between the number of men and women in work is at its lowest since records began.
The Census revealed more than 850,000 women had jobs in April last year, compared with almost 955,000 men.
However, unemployment had more than doubled since 2006, with the number of people out of work up to almost 425,000 – a 136% hike.
The data showed more young men went back to education as employment plunged in construction and manufacturing when the building boom went bust.
Elsewhere, women filled roles in administration, sales, teaching, personal care and the service industry, said the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
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