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 17th July 2018

Latest results

  • The latest NI seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the period March-May 2018 was 3.5%, the joint fourth lowest on record. The unemployment rate was unchanged over the quarter and decreased by 1.8 pps over the year (from 5.3%). The annual rate change was statistically significant, i.e. the recorded changes exceeded the variability expected from a sample survey of this size and would, therefore, likely reflect a real change.
  • The NI unemployment rate (3.5%) was below the UK average of 4.2% and was the joint second lowest rate of the UK regions (higher than the South West and the same as the South East and East). NI unemployment was lower than the European Union (7.1%) and the Republic of Ireland (5.9%) rates for April 2018.
  • Figures for Mar-May 2018 estimated that 59.0% of those unemployed in NI were long-term unemployed (i.e. unemployed for one year or more), compared to 27.1% in the UK.
  • There was an increase (0.3 pps) in the employment rate (69.8%) over the quarter and over the year (1.1 pps).  The change in the employment rate was not statistically significant over the quarter or the year.
  • The economic inactivity rate (27.5%) decreased over the quarter (0.3pps) and increased by 0.2 pps over the year. The changes over the quarter and year were not statistically significant.

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