Labour Force Survey

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a quarterly sample survey carried out by interviewing people about their personal circumstances and work. If you have been selected to take part in the survey please visit the selected for a Household Surey page to securely enter your contact details.

Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) we anticipate that there will be some changes in terms of our regular statistical production. See the COVID-19 and the production of statistics page for more information. From April 2020 and until further notice, the labour market report will be published on the NISRA website at 7am, a change from the standard 9.30am release time.

The Labour Force Survey latest results published 19th May 2020

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Latest results

  • The latest NI seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (the proportion of economically active people aged 16+ who were unemployed) for the period January-March 2020 was estimated from the Labour Force Survey at 2.4%. The unemployment rate was unchanged over the quarter and decreased by 0.5pps (percentage points) over the year. Although recent changes were not statistically significant (i.e. the recorded changes did not exceed the variability expected from a sample survey of this size), the unemployment rate was significantly below rates in late 2018.
  • The NI unemployment rate (2.4%) was below the UK rate (3.9%), the European Union (27) rate (6.5%) for February 2020 and the Republic of Ireland rate (5.4%) for March 2020.
  • The proportion of people aged 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate) was unchanged over the quarter and increased over the year by 1.1pps to 72.4%. Although recent changes were not statistically significant, the employment rate was significantly above rates in late 2018.
  • The economic inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged 16 to 64 who were not working and not seeking or available to work) was unchanged over the quarter and decreased over the year by 0.7pps to 25.8%. Although recent changes were not statistically significant, the economic inactivity rate was significantly below rates in early 2018.

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Labour market statistics are published regularly throughout the year. We also produce bespoke tables if users request data that are not already available.

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    Labour Force Survey

    Elizabeth Super
    Telephone: 028 9025 5176
    Email: LFS@finance-ni.gov.uk
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