Labour Force Survey

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a quarterly sample survey carried out by interviewing people about their personal circumstances and work.

The Labour Force Survey latest results published 24th January 2018.

Latest results

  • The latest NI seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the period September - November 2017 was 3.8%, the lowest reported figure since 2007. The unemployment rate decreased by 0.9 pps from the previous quarter and 1.8 pps over the year (from 5.6%). The quarterly and annual decreases were statistically significant and are likely to reflect real change.
  • The latest NI unemployment rate (3.8%) was below the UK average of 4.3%. Additionally, it was below the European Union (7.4%) rate and Republic of Ireland (6.0%) rate for October 2017.
  • There was an increase (0.6 pps) in the employment rate (69.0%) over the quarter and a 0.3 pps decrease over the year.  Although these shorter-term changes were not significant, looking at the longer-term shows that there has been a significant increase since 2012-13, and particularly since the low rates recorded in 2009.  The current rate is similar to the rates seen since 2015.
  • The economic inactivity rate (28.2%) increased over the quarter by 0.1 pps and increased by 1.7 pps over the year. This is the highest rate recorded since 2010, but remains significantly below peak rates recorded in mid-2009.

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Labour Force Survey

Carly Gordon
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Email: carly.gordon@nisra.gov.uk
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