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Labour Force Survey

Quarter 3 2018

IndicatorQuarter 3 2018Annual change
Employed2,273,200 +66,700
In labour force2,417,000 +46,900
Not in labour force1,443,200 +14,500

Employment increases by 3.0% in year to Q3 2018

Figure 1 Numbers in employment(ILO) in the third quarters 2014 to 2018
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There was an annual increase in employment of 3.0% or 66,700 in the year to the third quarter of 2018, bringing total employment to 2,273,200. This compares with an annual increase of 3.4% or 74,100 in employment in the previous quarter and an increase of 2.2% or 48,500 in the year to Q3 2017.

Summary points for Q3 2018

  • The increase in total employment of 66,700 in the year to Q3 2018 was represented by an increase in full-time employment of 44,200 (+2.5%) and an increase in part-time employment of 22,500 (+5.1%). See table 1 and figure 1.
  • On a seasonally adjusted basis, employment increased by 10,700 (+0.5%) over the previous quarter. This follows on from a seasonally adjusted increase in employment of 14,900 (+0.7%) in Q2 2018, an increase of 17,300 (+0.8%) in Q1 2018, an increase of 25,000 (+1.1%) in Q4 2017 and an increase of 16,500 (+0.8%) in Q3 2017. See table 3.
  • Unemployment decreased by 19,700 (-12.1%) in the year to Q3 2018 bringing the total number of persons unemployed to 143,800. This is the twenty fifth quarter in succession where unemployment has declined on an annual basis. See table 1.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.7% for Q3 2018 and the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed decreased by 2,900 to 136,100. See table 3.
  • The long-term unemployment rate decreased from 2.7% to 2.1% over the year to Q3 2018. Long-term unemployment accounted for 34.9% of total unemployment in Q3 2018. See table 6.
  • The total number of persons in the labour force in the third quarter of 2018 was 2,417,000, representing an increase of 46,900 (+2.0%) over the year.  This compares with an annual labour force increase of 11,000 (+0.5%) in Q3 2017.  The number of persons not in the labour force in Q3 2018 was 1,443,200, an increase of 14,500 (+1.0%) over the year. See table 1.

Users should note that effective from Q3 2017, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) has replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS). The results presented in this report incorporate adjustments to the historic QNHS data series to take account of revisions to population estimates arising from the 2016 Census of Population. In addition, adjustments have been made to this historic data to enable comparability with the new LFS for headline indicators.

However, as a result of changes to the questionnaire, the interview mode, the introduction of a new sample, data processing changes and other methodological enhancements there are changes in the levels of some series from Q3 2017 onwards. As a consequence, the series before and after the introduction of the new survey may not be directly comparable and users should therefore note this when examining annual and quarterly changes.

Further information is available in the background notes and information notes accompanying recent LFS releases on the change from the QNHS to the LFS, revisions to population estimates, enhancements to the survey methodology now used, headline indicators and other series which have been adjusted along with details of changes to the NUTS regional groupings which were introduced in Q1 2018.