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

Updated 20th January 2016

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Next Northern Ireland Labour Market Report: 17th February 2016

Latest Labour Market Report

At a glance

Labour Force Survey

  • The unemployment rate for the period September - November 2015 was estimated at 5.9% 
  • The number of persons in employment in the period September - November 2015 was estimated at 829,000
  • The NI economic inactivity rate at September - November 2015 for those aged 16-64 stood at 26.7%

Further information on the Labour Force Survey

Claimant Count

  • The seasonally adjusted claimant count decreased by 500 from last month's revised total. It now stands at 38,700 (4.3% of the workforce) in December 2015

Further information on Claimant Count

Quarterly Employment Survey

  • The estimated seasonally adjusted employee jobs total in Northern Ireland at September 2015 was 729,740

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 from the Index of Services for the third quarter (Jul-Sep) of 2015 showed that output, in real terms, remained unchanged over the quarter compared with an increase of 0.7% for the UK as a whole

Further information on the Index of Services

Index of Production

  • Provisional results from the seasonally adjusted Index of Production (IOP) for the third quarter (Jul-Sep) of 2015 show that output levels decreased by 2.1% over the quarter while output in the UK as a whole increased by 0.2%.

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)

  • 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 287 confirmed redundancies in December 2015.
  • There has been a 9% decrease in the number of confirmed redundancies over the last year to 31st December 2015 – 1,935 compared to 2,136 in the previous year.

Further information on Redundancies