- 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 21st January 2015
- The Northern Ireland seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, as measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS), was estimated at 5.8% for the period September - November 2014. This is down 0.3 percentage points from the rate recorded in the previous quarter (6.1%) and down 1.5 percentage points from the rate recorded one year ago (7.3%). This is the lowest rate since September – November 2008.
Claimant Count Unemployment
- The seasonally adjusted number of people claiming unemployment related benefits stood at 50,200 in December 2014 – down 900 from the revised figure for the previous month. This is the 24th consecutive month in which there has been a fall in this measure of unemployment (14,600 over the period).
|Survey / Source|
|Labour Force Survey||Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment (Excel 26 KB)|
|Unemployment by Age (Excel 21 KB)|
|Unemployment by Duration (Excel 22 KB)|
|Claimant Count||Seasonally Adjusted Claimant Count (Excel 27 KB)|
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UK Claimant Count Data on NOMIS
UK Claimant Count data is available for comparison via NOMIS. Nomis is a service provided by the Office for National Statistics, ONS, to give you free access to the most detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources.
Labour Force SurveyAndrew Mawhinney
Tel: 02890 529668
Claimant CountBrian Grogan
Tel: 02890 529311
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