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 15th November 2017.

Latest results

  • The latest NI seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the period July - September 2017 was 4.0%, the lowest in the quarterly series since April – June 2008. The unemployment rate decreased by 1.2 pps from the previous quarter and 1.6 pps over the year (from 5.6%). The quarterly and annual decreases were statistically significant and are likely to reflect real change.
  • The latest NI unemployment rate (4.0%) was below the UK average of 4.3%. This is the first time the NI rate has been below the UK since 2013. Additionally, it was below the European Union (7.6%) rate and Republic of Ireland (6.3%) rate for August 2017.
  • There was a decrease (1.0 pps) in the employment rate (68.1%) over the quarter and (1.7 pps) over the year. 
  • The economic inactivity rate (28.9%) increased over the quarter by 2.0 pps and increased by 3.0 pps over the year (from a record low in 2016). The increases over the quarter and the year were statistically significant and are likely to reflect real change. At 28.9% of the population aged 16 to 64 years, the economic inactivity rate is the highest since 2010. 

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Labour Force Survey

Andrew Mawhinney
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