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Economic Overview

Full economic Overview - May 2015 (PDF 49 KB)

NEW Claimant Count Council Annual Average Maps - Updated for 2014

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Publication Schedule

Next Publication: 27th May 2015 - The Labour Force Survey Quarterly Supplement January - March 2015.

Latest Publication: Northern Ireland Labour Market Report May 2015 (PDF 286 KB)

Publication Schedule 2015-2016 (Excel 36 KB)

Notice of delay of NI Composite Ecomonic Index (NICEI) and Index of Services (IOS) (Word 369 KB)

At a glance:


The unemployment rate for the period January - March 2015 was estimated at 6.2%.
Further Information on Unemployment Statistics


The number of persons in employment in the period January - March 2015 was estimated at 832,000
Further Information on Employment Statistics

Economically Inactive

The NI economic inactivity rate at January - March 2015 for those aged 16-64 stood at 26.9%.
Labour Force Survey

Claimant Count

The seasonally adjusted claimant count decreased by 900 from last month’s revised total. It now stands at 44,300 (5% of the workforce) in April 2015.
Further Information on Claimant Count

Quarterly Employment Survey

The estimated seasonally adjusted employee jobs total in Northern Ireland at December 2014 was 720,130.
Further Information on the Quarterly Employment Survey

Composite Economic Index

The latest figures indicate that NI economic activity increased by 1.2% over the year to Q2 2014.
Further Information on the Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index

Index of Services

Provisional results from the Index of Services for the second quarter of 2014 showed that output in NI increased by 0.4% in real terms over the quarter.
Further Information on the Index of Services

Index of Production

Provisional results from the seasonally adjusted Index of Production (IOP) for the fourth quarter of 2014 show that output levels increased by 1.9% over the quarter.
Further Information on the Index of Production

Index of Construction

The total volume of construction output in Northern Ireland in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased by 3.9% compared to Q3 2014.
Further Information on the Index of Construction

Hours Worked

In the three months to February 2015, the average actual weekly hours worked in NI was 33.1 hours.
Further Information on the Labour Force Survey

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)

Over the year to April 2014, median gross weekly earnings for all employees (i.e. both full- and part-time) in NI decreased by 2.2% (to £358).
Further Information on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings


Over the latest twelve month period to 30 April 2015  there were a total of 1,905 confirmed redundancies, a decrease of 10% from the previous year (2,105).
Further Information on Redundancies