Quarterly Supplement to the Labour Market Report April–June 2017

Date published: 30 August 2017


The Quarterly Supplement provides a more detailed range of statistics from the Labour Force Survey than is available from the monthly Labour Market Report including information disaggregated by gender, age and by Local Government District.

Key Points

  • In April - June 2017, the unemployment rate for males was 7.1% compared with 2.9% for females.
  • There were an estimated 809,000 persons, aged 16-64, in employment in Northern Ireland in April – June 2017.
  • At 78%, the 16-64 economic activity rate for males in April - June 2017 was 10 percentage points higher than that for females (68%). The current differential between the activity rates of males and females has decreased from a 15 percentage point gap ten years ago.
  • The April - June 2017 economic inactivity rate (16-64) was higher for females (32%) than males (22%).
  • In April - June 2017, there were 25,000 young people (aged from 16 to 24) in Northern Ireland who were NEET. 
  • The qualification levels of those aged 16-64 who were economically active were consistently higher than those who were economically inactive.
  • Just over one in five persons (22%) of working age in Northern Ireland had a disability.
  • The number of self-employed people increased by 10,000 (9%) in the period 2007 to 2017.
  • The number of Northern Ireland graduates has increased by 11% in the last five years, to 260,000 in April - June 2017.
  • Northern Ireland had the highest proportion of working age workless households (21%) among the UK regions. This compared to 15% in the UK as a whole.
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