The Labour Force Survey latest results published 12th November 2019
- The latest NI seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the period July-September 2019 was estimated from the Labour Force Survey at 2.5%. The unemployment rate decreased over the quarter by 0.6 percentage points (pps) and decreased by 1.3pps over the year. The annual change in the unemployment rate was statistically significant, i.e. the recorded change exceeded the variability expected from a sample survey of this size and is likely to reflect real change.
- The NI unemployment rate (2.5%) was below the UK rate (3.8%), the European Union (6.2%) rate for August 2019 and the Republic of Ireland (5.3%) rate for September 2019.
- The employment rate (72.3%) increased over the quarter by 0.1pps and increased over the year by 2.8pps. The annual change in the employment rate was statistically significant, i.e. the recorded change exceeded the variability expected from a sample survey of this size and is likely to reflect real change.
- The economic inactivity rate (25.8%) increased over the quarter by 0.4pps and decreased over the year by 1.9pps. The changes in the inactivity rate were 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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