Wednesday, February 27 11:18:09
While there was a slight increase in employment in the fourth quarter of last year, the number of persons in the labour force was 2,143,500, representing a decrease of 18,000 (-0.8pc) over the year, latest CSO figures show.
There was an annual increase in employment of 0.1pc or 1,200 in the year to the fourth quarter of 2012, bringing total employment to 1,848,900, the Quarterly National Household Survey showed today.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, employment increased by 6,500 (+0.4pc) in the quarter. This follows on from a seasonally adjusted increase in employment of 2,200 (+0.1pc) in Q32012.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 14.6pc to 14.2pc over the quarter.
Unemployment decreased by 19,200 (-6.1pc) in the year to Q4 2012 bringing the total number of persons unemployed to 294,600.
The long-term unemployment rate decreased from 9.1pc to 8.2pc over the year to Q4 2012. Long-term unemployment accounted for 59.9pc of total unemployment in Q4 2012 compared with 62.5pc a year earlier and 55.3pc in the fourth quarter of 2010.
The total number of persons in the labour force in the fourth quarter of 2012 was 2,143,500, representing a decrease of 18,000 (-0.8pc) over the year.
The number of persons not in the labour force in Q4 2012 was 1,453,000, an increase of 19,800 (+1.4pc) over the year.