Northern Ireland

Young adult unemployment

Key points

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Graph 1: Over time (proportions)

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Graph 2: Over time (numbers)

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Graph 3: Compared to Great Britain

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Definitions and data sources

This indicator looks at unemployment with focus on the 16- to 24-year-old group, not only because unemployment has been higher for this group than for older workers but also because unemployment at this age can make it harder for someone to complete the transition from childhood to adulthood.

The first graph shows the unemployment rate for those aged 16 to 24, compared with those aged 25 and over (up to retirement).

The second graph shows the same information but in terms of the actual numbers unemployed.

The third graph shows how unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds in Northern Ireland compares with the regions of Great Britain.  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest three years.

'Unemployment' is the ILO definition, which is used for the official government unemployment numbers.  It comprises all those with no paid work in the survey week who were available to start work in the next fortnight and who either looked for work in the last month or were waiting to start a job already obtained.

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the economically active population who are unemployed (i.e. the number who are unemployed divided by the number who are either in paid work or unemployed).

The data source for all the graphs is the Labour Force Survey (LFS).  The figures for each year are the average for the four quarters of the relevant year.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: medium.  The LFS is a large, well-established, quarterly government survey designed to be representative of the population as a whole but the use of a particular age group means that the sample sizes are relatively small.

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