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The Labour Force Survey latest results published 11th August 2020
- The latest NI seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (the proportion of economically active people aged 16+ who were unemployed) for the period April-June 2020 was estimated from the Labour Force Survey at 2.5%. This followed a marginal increase of 0.1pps (percentage points) over the quarter and a decrease of 0.6pps 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 proportion of people aged 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate) decreased over the quarter by 0.7pps and over the year by 0.4pps to 71.7%. Although recent changes were not statistically significant, the employment rate was significantly above rates in 2018.
- The economic inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged 16 to 64 who were not working and not seeking or available to work) increased over the quarter by 0.6pps and over the year by 0.9pps to 26.4%. Although recent changes were not statistically significant, the economic inactivity rate was significantly below rates in late 2017.
- Put into the context of the UK, NI has the lowest employment and unemployment rates and the highest economic inactivity rate of all the UK regions.
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The quarterly supplement was discontinued in 2018 and has been replaced with the quarterly tables (above).
Tables published with the annual report in 2019 relating to 2018 data also includes tables for ODP indicators 14, 16, 17, 32, 33 and 34.
Tables relating to ODP indicators 14, 16, 17, 32, 33 and 34 with sub-population breakdowns for 16 (Employment rate) and 17 (economic inactivity excluding students)
- Self-employment in Northern Ireland 2019
- Economic Inactivity in Northern Ireland 2018
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- Labour Force Survey Women in Northern Ireland - Historical
- Local Area Database - Historical
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