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 22nd January 2019

Latest results

  • The latest NI seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the period September-November 2018 was 3.4%. The unemployment rate decreased by 1.0 percentage point (pps) over the quarter and 0.4 pps over the year. Although the quarterly and annual change was not statistically significant, the decrease from mid-2017 rates was statistically significant, and likely to reflect real change.
  • The NI unemployment rate (3.4%) is below the UK average (4.0%) and is the fourth lowest rate of the UK regions. NI unemployment was lower than the Republic of Ireland (5.3%) and the European Union (6.7%) rates for October 2018.
  • Half (50.3%) of those unemployed in NI were unemployed for one year or more, which is more than double the UK average of 24.9%.
  • There was an increase in the employment rate (69.6%) over the quarter (0.4 pps) and over the year (0.6 pps).  These changes were not statistically significant over the quarter or the year but the employment rate is statistically significantly above 2013 rates.
  • The economic inactivity rate (27.9%) increased over the quarter (0.4pps) and decreased over the year (0.3 pps). The changes over the quarter and the year were not statistically significant, however, the inactivity rate is significantly below rates in 2009.

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