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Labour Force Survey

Quarter 2 2018

IndicatorQuarter 2 2018Annual change
Employed2,255,000 +74,100
Unemployed144,300-16,200
In labour force2,399,300 +57,900
Not in labour force1,448,900 +4,900

Employment increases by 3.4% in year to Q2 2018

Figure 1 Numbers in employment (ILO) in the second quarters 2014 to 2018
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There was an annual increase in employment of 3.4% or 74,100 in the year to the second quarter of 2018, bringing total employment to 2,255,000. This compares with an annual increase of 2.9% or 62,400 in employment in the previous quarter and an increase of 2.5% or 54,200 in the year to Q2 2017.

Summary points for Q2 2018

  • The increase in total employment of 74,100 in the year to Q2 2018 was represented by an increase in full-time employment of 73,000 (+4.2%) and an increase in part-time employment of 1,100 (+0.2%). See table 1 and figure 1.
  • On a seasonally adjusted basis, employment increased by 17,300 (+0.8%) over the previous quarter. This follows on from a seasonally adjusted increase in employment of 17,900 (+0.8%) in Q1 2018, an increase of 25,400 (+1.2%) in Q4 2017, an increase of 14,100 (+0.6%) in Q3 2017 and an increase of 4,600 (+0.2%) in Q2 2017. See table 3.
  •  Unemployment decreased by 16,200 (-10.1%) in the year to Q2 2018 bringing the total number of persons unemployed to 144,300. This is the twenty fourth quarter in succession where unemployment has declined on an annual basis. See table 1.
  • The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8% for Q2 2018 and the seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed increased by 400 to 139,300. See table 3.
  • The long-term unemployment rate decreased from 3.2% to 2.0% over the year to Q2 2018. Long-term unemployment accounted for 33.9% of total unemployment in Q2 2018. See table 6.
  • The total number of persons in the labour force in the second quarter of 2018 was 2,399,300, representing an increase of 57,900 (+2.5%) over the year.  This compares with an annual labour force increase of 3,300 (+0.1%) in Q2 2017.  The number of persons not in the labour force in Q2 2018 was 1,448,900, an increase of 4,900 (+0.3%) 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.

Note: This release includes minor revisions to persons aged 75 and over for Q1 2018. These minor revisions are reflected in all tables which include persons aged 75 and over.