The most up-to-date official statistics on the economy and labour market

Updated 11th November 2015

NEW Claimant Count Annual Average Maps - Updated for 2014

New Council Annual Average

Next Northern Ireland Labour Market Report: 16th December 2015

Latest Labour Market Report

Notice of delay of the Northern Ireland Quarterly Employment Service statistics

  • The Northern Ireland Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) statistics were originally due to be published on 16th September but have been delayed to allow additional quality assurance checks to be conducted

At a glance

Labour Force Survey

  • The unemployment rate for the period July - September 2015 was estimated at 5.9% 
  • The number of persons in employment in the period July - September 2015 was estimated at 816,000
  • The NI economic inactivity rate at July - September 2015 for those aged 16-64 stood at 27.7%

Further information on the Labour Force Survey

Claimant Count

  • The seasonally adjusted claimant count decreased by 1,000 from last month's revised total. It now stands at 39,700 (4.4% of the workforce) in October 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 Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI) results show that NI economic activity decreased marginally (by 0.1%) in real terms between the first and second quarter of 2015.

Further information on the Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index

Index of Services

  • Provisional results form the Index of Services for the second quarter of 2015 reported an increase 0.5% 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 second quarter of 2015 show that output in NI decreased 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 second quarter of 2015 increased by 2.0% compared to Q1 2015 and was 18.0% higher compared to the same quarter in 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


  • There were 198 confirmed redundancies in October 2015. There has been an overall decrease of 9% in the number of confirmed redundancies over the last year to 31st October 2015 – 1,915 compared to 2,093 in the previous year.

Further information on Redundancies