Updated Northern Ireland indicators

  • Children in workless households:
    • first graph (over time): whilst the number of children in workless households has been rising in the last few years, it is still lower than that of a decade ago.
    • second graph (by household type): half of all children of lone parents live in households which are workless. This compares to one in twenty for children of couples.
    • third graph (by region): the proportion of children who are in workless households in Northern Ireland is somewhat lower than the UK average.
  • Work and lone parents:
    • first graph (over time): around 55% of lone parents are working, up from around 45% a decade ago.
    • second graph (compared to Great Britain): one in seven lone parents in Northern Ireland are not working but want to, a much smaller proportion than in any of the regions of Great Britain.
  • Work and religion:
    • first graph (over time): throughout the last decade, employment rates have been somewhat lower for Catholics than for Protestants.
    • second graph (by age group – employment): for all age groups, unemployment rates for Catholics are higher than for Protestants.
    • third graph (by age group – economic inactivity): for all age groups, economic inactivity rates for Catholics are higher than for Protestants.
  • Workless households:
    • first graph (over time): single adult households – both with and without children – are much more likely to be workless than couple households.
    • second graph (shares): three-fifths of all workless, working-age households are single adults without dependent children.
  • Without home contents insurance:
    • first graph (by income): more than half of the poorest households are uninsured. This compares with one in five for households on average incomes.
  • Polarisation by housing tenure:
    • first graph (over time): the proportion of social sector households where the head of the household is not in paid work is similar to a decade ago.
    • fourth graph (compared to Great Britain): three-quarters of heads of households in social housing in Northern Ireland are not in work, more than in any region of Great Britain.