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

Updated 20th April 2016

NEW Claimant Count Annual Average Maps - Updated for 2014

New Council Annual Average

Next Northern Ireland Labour Market Report: 18th May 2016

Latest Labour Market Report

At a glance

Labour Force Survey

  • The unemployment rate for the period December – February 2016  was estimated at 6.3% 
  • The number of persons in employment in the period December – February 2016 was estimated at 834,000
  • The NI economic inactivity rate at December – February 2016 for those aged 16-64 stood at 26.3%

Further information on the Labour Force Survey

Claimant Count

  • The seasonally adjusted claimant count increased by 200 from last month's revised total. It now stands at 38,600 (4.3% of the workforce) in March 2016

Further information on Claimant Count

Quarterly Employment Survey

  • The estimated seasonally adjusted employee jobs total in Northern Ireland at December 2015 was 730,410

Further information on the Quarterly Employment Survey

Composite Economic Index

  • The Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI) results show that over the last year the Northern Ireland economy was estimated to have grown by 0.9% from Quarter 4 (October – December) 2014 to Quarter 4 2015. 

Further information on the Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index

Index of Services

  • Provisional results from the Index of Services for the fourth quarter (Oct-Dec) of 2015 showed that output, in real terms, increased over the quarter by 0.6%. This is comparable to the increase for the UK as a whole (0.7%) over the same time period

Further information on the Index of Services

Index of Production

  • Provisional results from the seasonally adjusted Index of Production (IOP) for the fourth quarter (Oct-Dec) of 2015 show that output levels increased by 1.3% over the quarter while output in the UK as a whole decreased by 0.4%.

Further information on the Index of Production

Index of Construction

  • The total volume of construction output in Northern Ireland in the final quarter of 2015 decreased by 1.7% compared to Q3 2015 but was 3.0% higher compared to the same quarter in 2014.

Further information on the Index of Construction

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)

  • In April 2015 median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £485, up 5.4% from £460 in 2014.

Further information on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

Redundancies

  • There were 212 confirmed redundancies in March 2016.
  • There has been a 6% increase in the number of confirmed redundancies over the last year to 31st March 2016 – 2,159 compared to 2,030 in the previous year

Further information on Redundancies