Updated Northern Ireland indicators

  • Working age out-of work benefit recipients:
    • first graph (over time): the rise in the number of unemployed claimants in the latest year has largely offset all the reductions in the previous decade. Despite this rise, the biggest group of benefit claimants remains those who are sick or disabled.
    • fourth graph (by local authority): the proportion of working-age people who are in receipt of out-of-work benefits is much higher in Derry, Strabane and Belfast than elsewhere – almost twice the rate of many other areas.
  • Long-term working-age recipients of out-of-work benefits:
    • first graph (over time): four-fifths of working-age people receiving a key out-of-work benefit for two years or more are now sick or disabled.
  • Underage pregnancies:
    • first graph (over time): The rate of births to girls aged 13 to 16 in the most deprived fifth of areas is two to three times that for girls in the rest of the country.
  • Location of low pay:
    • first graph (by local authority): Strabane and Cookstown have the highest proportion of workers who are paid less than £7 per hour.
    • second graph (compared to Great Britain): the proportion of full-time employees earning less than £7 per hour is higher in Northern Ireland than in any of the regions of Great Britain.
  • Premature death:
    • first graph (over time): the rate of premature death was declining up to 2003 but has not declined since then.
    • second graph (by social class): the rate of premature deaths among those in routine and manual occupations is more than twice that among those in managerial and professional occupations.