- There are two main indicators of unemployment: · The Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey (LFS) measure which follows International Labour Organisation (ILO) guidelines and is the official Northern Ireland measure. · The Northern Ireland Claimant Count which is a measure of the number of persons claiming unemployment related benefit (Job Seekers Allowance).
- There is a large degree of overlap between the claimant count and ILO unemployment. However claimants of unemployment related benefits may not appear in the ILO measure if they state that they are not seeking, or are not available to start work. The ILO measure of unemployment refers to people without a job who were available to start work in the two weeks following their LFS interview and had either looked for work in the four weeks prior to interview or were waiting to start a job they had already obtained.
Latest Results - Published 16th April 2014
- The Northern Ireland seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, as measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS), was estimated at 7.7% for the period December - February 2014. This is up 0.4 percentage points from the rate recorded in the previous quarter (7.3%) and was down 0.6 percentage points from the rate recorded one year ago (8.4%).
Claimant Count Unemployment
- The seasonally adjusted number of people claiming unemployment related benefits stood at 57,000 in March 2014 – down 700 from the revised figure for the previous month. This is the fourteenth consecutive month in which there has been a fall in this measure of unemployment (7,900 over the period).
|Survey / Source|
|Labour Force Survey||Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment (XLS 26 KB)|
|Unemployment by Age (XLS 21 KB)|
|Unemployment by Duration (XLS 22 KB)|
|Claimant Count||Seasonally Adjusted Claimant Count (XLS 27 KB)|
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