From the 1st April 2011, the responsibility for the collection of data and production of official labour market and economic statistics transferred from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), an agency of the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP). This transfer mirrored the position in Great Britain where most business surveys and labour market data collection and statistical production have been transferred from the departments with policy responsibilities to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However, it is important to note that there are no planned changes to the production of economic and labour market statistical publications and outputs as a result of the transfer.
( 13-11-2013 ) Unemployment Statistics
There are two main indicators of unemployment: · The Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey 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.
[ 13-11-2013 ] Difference between ILO unemployment and the Claimant Count
|Survey / Source||File Size|
|Labour Force Survey||Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment||22KB|
|Unemployment by Age||17KB|
|Unemployment by Duration||18KB|
|Claimant Count||Seasonally Adjusted Claimant Count||18KB|