Sat 6th Jul 2013
Latest Labour Market Figures from DETI
A National Statistics press release, detailing the latest labour market figures have been published today by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA).
Figures released today for the period April – June 2011 show that the Northern Ireland unemployment rate increased over the quarter to 7.3%.
More recent figures for July 2011 show that the number of unemployment benefit claimants increased by 600 from the previous month’s revised figure.
Labour Force Survey – Unemployment
• The Northern Ireland seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, as measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS), was estimated at 7.3% for the period April – June 2011. This represented an increase from the rate of 7.2% in the previous quarter and an increase from the rate of 6.7% recorded in the same period last year. The Northern Ireland unemployment rate remained below the UK average rate (7.9%) and was also lower than the European Union (9.3%) and Republic of Ireland (14.0%) rates for May 2011.
• Unadjusted LFS estimates for March – May 2011 show that 48.1% of those unemployed in Northern Ireland have been unemployed for one year or more. They also record the unemployment rate for 18-24 year olds at 17.0%.
Claimant Count Unemployment
• The seasonally adjusted number of people claiming unemployment related benefits stood at 60,400 in July 2011 – up 600 (1.0%) from the previous month. The latest monthly increase in Northern Ireland (1.0%) was the lowest among the UK regions and compared to a monthly rise of 2.4% in the UK as a whole. However, over the year, the Northern Ireland claimant count has increased by 6.7% (3,800), which was the same as the percentage increase in the UK (also 6.7%).
Labour Force Survey – Employment
• Seasonally adjusted estimates for the period April – June 2011 showed that there were 803,000 people in employment in Northern Ireland. This estimate was up 2.3% on the previous quarter and up 3.3% over the year.
Labour Force Survey – Economic Inactivity
• The seasonally adjusted number of working age persons that were economically inactive decreased by 13,000 (-4.2%) over the quarter and the corresponding working age economic inactivity rate decreased to 26.6% (in April – June 2011). However, the Northern Ireland inactivity rate (26.6%) remained above the UK average rate (23.2%) and was the highest rate among the twelve UK regions.
• Unadjusted LFS estimates can provide information on the reason for economic inactivity. In April – June 2011 an estimated 30% of the economically inactive of working age in Northern Ireland were sick/disabled, 29% were students, 22% were looking after the family/home, 12% were retired and 6% were ‘other’ reason.
• 195 confirmed redundancies8-10 were notified in July 2011, compared to 230 in June 2011 and 176 in July 2010. There has been a 35% decrease in the number of confirmed redundancies over the last year to 31st July 2011 – 1,957 compared to 3,034 in the previous year.
The Full DETI report can be accessed via http://www.detini.gov.uk/deti-stats-index/stats-labour-market.htm