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 August 2019

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Latest results

  • The latest NI seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the period April-June 2019 was estimated from the Labour Force Survey at 3.1%. The unemployment rate increased over the quarter by 0.2 percentage points (pps) and decreased by 0.6pps over the year. The changes in the unemployment rate over the quarter and over the year were not 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 (3.9%), the European Union (6.3%) rate for May 2019 and the Republic of Ireland (4.5%) rate for June 2019.
  • The employment rate (72.2%) increased over the quarter by 0.9pps and over the year by 2.6pps to the highest on record. The annual change 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 (25.5%) decreased over the quarter by 1.1pps and over the year by 2.2pps to the lowest rate on record. The annual change 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.

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Labour market statistics are published regularly throughout the year. We also produce bespoke tables if users request data that are not already available.

    A list of published bespoke tables is available from the User requested data page

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    Labour Force Survey

    Elizabeth Super
    Telephone: 028 9025 5176
    Email: LFS@finance-ni.gov.uk
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