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Next Publication: 12th August 2015:  Northern Ireland Labour Market Report - August 2015

Latest Publication:

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 March - May  2015 was estimated at 6.2%.
Further Information on Unemployment Statistics


The number of persons in employment in the period March - May  2015 was estimated at 816,000
Further Information on Employment Statistics

Economically Inactive

The NI economic inactivity rate at March - May  2015 for those aged 16-64 stood at 27.4%.
Labour Force Survey

Claimant Count

The seasonally adjusted claimant count increased by 200 from last month’s revised total. It now stands at 44,000 (4.9% of the workforce) in June 2015.
Further Information on Claimant Count

Quarterly Employment Survey

The estimated seasonally adjusted employee jobs total in Northern Ireland at March 2015 was 721,410
Further Information on the Quarterly Employment Survey

Composite Economic Index

The NI Composite Economic Index (NICEI) results for Q3 2014 estimate that NI economic activity decreased by 0.7% in real terms form Q2 to Q3 2014.
Further Information on the Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index

Index of Services

Provisional results from the Index of Services for the third quarter of 2014 showed that output in NI decreased by 0.6% 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 first quarter of 2015 show that output levels increased by 3.7% 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

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 June 2015  there were a total of 1,928 confirmed redundancies, an increase of 13% from the previous year (3,072).
Further Information on Redundancies