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 11th December 2018

Latest results

  • The latest NI seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the period August-October 2018 was estimated from the Labour Force Survey at 3.9%. The unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points (pps) over the quarter and over the year. Neither the annual nor quarterly change were statistically significant, i.e. the recorded changes did not exceed the variability expected from a sample survey of this size and are, therefore, not likely to reflect a real change.
  • The NI unemployment rate (3.9%) was below the UK rate (4.1%), the European Union (6.7%) and the Republic of Ireland (5.4%) rates for September 2018.
  • Over a half (55%) of those unemployed in NI were long-term unemployed (i.e. unemployed for one year or more), compared to 24% in the UK.
  • There was a decrease (0.7pps) in the employment rate (68.7%) over the quarter and an increase over the year (0.6pps). The change in the employment rate was not statistically significant over the quarter or the year.
  • The economic inactivity rate (28.5%) increased over the quarter by 0.8pps and decreased over the year by 0.5pps. These changes were not statistically significant.

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