Labour Force Survey - Annual Report 2017

Date published: 25 September 2018

The Labour Force Survey Annual Report (previously known as the Local Area Database (LADB)) is based on data collected from four consecutive quarters of the Labour Force Survey in the 2017 calendar year. The report provides data disaggregated by Local Government Districts on labour market status, employment by industry sector, occupation and qualification levels.

Key points:

  • In 2017, the employment rate for NI was (69.0%). The highest employment rate (16-64) for a Local Government District (LGD) was recorded in Antrim and Newtownabbey (76.0%) and was 19.2 percentage points above the lowest rate, which was recorded in Derry City and Strabane (56.8%).

  • The 2017 economic inactivity rate (16-64) for NI was 27.7%. This was highest in Derry City and Strabane (37.0%) and lowest in Antrim and Newtownabbey (19.5%).
  • The 2017 NI unemployment rate (16+) was (4.4%). The average rate for urban areas (5.0%) was higher than in rural areas (3.5%).
  • Approximately a third (32.3%) of those aged 16-64 years in NI were qualified to degree level or above. The LGD with the highest proportion of people qualified to this level was Lisburn and Castlereagh at 40.7% and lowest was Derry City and Strabane at 27.3%.
  • 16.5% of those aged 16-64 years in NI had no qualifications. This varied from 9.7% in Lisburn and Castlereagh to 22.1% in Newry Mourne and Down.
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