The most up-to-date official statistics on the economy and labour market

Updated 20th July 2016

NEW Claimant Count Annual Average Maps - Updated for 2014

New Council Annual Average

Next Northern Ireland Labour Market Report: 17th August 2016

Latest Labour Market Report

At a glance

Labour Force Survey

  • The unemployment rate for the period March - May 2016  was estimated at 5.9% 
  • The number of persons in employment in the period March - May 2016 was estimated at 833,000
  • The NI economic inactivity rate for March - May 2016 for those aged 16-64 was estimated at 26.6%

Further information on the Labour Force Survey

Claimant Count

  • The seasonally adjusted claimant count decreased by 600 from last month's revised total. It now stands at 36,700 (4.1% of the workforce) in June 2016

Further information on Claimant Count

Quarterly Employment Survey

  • At March 2016, the seasonally adjusted employee jobs estimate in NI stood at 735,010

Further information on the Quarterly Employment Survey

Composite Economic Index

  • The Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI) results show that NI economic activity was estimated to have increased by 0.4% in real terms between Quarter 3 (July-September) and Quarter 4 (October-December) 2015.

Further information on the Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index

Index of Services

  • Provisional results from the seasonally adjusted Index of Services for the first quarter (Jan-Mar) of 2016 show that output, in real terms, increased over the quarter by 0.6%.

Further information on the Index of Services

Index of Production

  • Provisional results from the seasonally adjusted Index of Production (IOP) for the first quarter (Jan-Mar) of 2016 show that output levels for Northern Ireland decreased by 0.2% over the quarter.

Further information on the Index of Production

Index of Construction

  • The total volume of construction output in Northern Ireland in the final quarter of 2015 decreased by 1.7% compared to Q3 2015 but was 3.0% higher compared to the same quarter in 2014.

Further information on the Index of Construction

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)

  • In April 2015 median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £485, up 5.4% from £460 in 2014.

Further information on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

Redundancies

  • There were 283 confirmed redundancies in June 2016.
  • There has been a 65% increase in the number of confirmed redundancies over the last year to 30th June 2016 – 3,200 compared to 1,941 in the previous year.

Further information on Redundancies