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 June 2019

Latest results

  • The latest NI seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the period February-April 2019 was estimated from the Labour Force Survey at 3.1%. The unemployment rate decreased over the quarter by 0.4 percentage points (pps) and decreased by 0.2pps 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.
  • The NI unemployment rate (3.1%) was below the UK rate (3.8%), the European Union (6.4%) rate for March 2019 and the Republic of Ireland (4.6%) rate for April 2019.
  • Two fifths (40.1%) of those unemployed in NI were long-term unemployed (i.e. unemployed for one year or more), compared to 27.7% in the UK.
  • The employment rate (71.3%) increased over the quarter by 0.4pps and over the year by 1.5pps. 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.
  • The economic inactivity rate (26.4%) was unchanged over the quarter and decreased over the year by 1.4pps. The annual change was not statistically significant, i.e. the recorded changes did not exceed the variability expected from a sample survey of this size.

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