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 13th November 2018

Latest results

  • The latest NI seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the period July-September 2018 was 4.1%. The unemployment rate increased by 0.3 pps over the quarter and was unchanged over the year. Although the quarterly change was not statistically significant, the decrease from 2016 rates was statistically significant, and likely to reflect real change.
  • The NI unemployment rate (4.1%) is level with the UK average and is the fifth highest rate of the UK regions. NI unemployment was lower than the Republic of Ireland (5.6%) and the European Union (6.8%) rates for August 2018.
  • Half (50%) of those unemployed in NI were unemployed for one year or more, compared to 25% in the UK.
  • There was a decrease (0.8 pps) in the employment rate (68.5%) over the quarter and an increase (0.4 pps) over the year. These changes were not statistically significant over the quarter or the year but the employment rate is statistically significantly above 2010 rates.
  • The economic inactivity rate (28.5%) increased over the quarter (0.6pps) and decreased over the year (0.4 pps). The changes over the quarter and the year were not statistically significant, however, the inactivity rate is significantly above 2016 rates.

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