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Economic Overview

Full economic Overview - April 2015 (PDF 39 KB)

NEW Claimant Count District Council Annual Average Maps - Updated for 2014

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Publication Schedule

Next Publication: Labour Market Report - 13th May 2015

Latest Publication: Northern Ireland Labour Market Report April 2015 (PDF 800 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 December - February 2015 was estimated at 6.0%.
Further Information on Unemployment Statistics


The number of persons in employment in the period December - February 2015 was estimated at 833,000
Further Information on Employment Statistics

Economically Inactive

The NI economic inactivity rate at December - February 2015 for those aged 16-64 stood at 26.8%.
Labour Force Survey

Claimant Count

The seasonally adjusted claimant count decreased by 1,000 from last month’s revised total. It now stands at 45,200 (5.1% of the workforce) in March 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 January 2015, the average actual weekly hours worked in NI was 33.0 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 31 March 15  there were a total of 2,037 confirmed redundancies, an increase of 1% from the previous year (2,016).
Further Information on Redundancies