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Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Northern Ireland 2016

The latest data on poverty in Northern Ireland focuses on the links between poverty, work, and education.

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It finds that:

  • Northern Ireland has not experienced the same strong employment performance as Great Britain, only now reaching pre-recession levels.
  • The overall employment rate in NI is five percentage points lower than in GB. For some groups, the gap is much wider.
  • Average weekly pay is lower in Northern Ireland than a decade ago (after inflation).
  • The employment rate is significantly lower for young people, disabled people and lone parents in Northern Ireland than in Great Britain (12% lower for young adults, 12% lower for lone parents and 15% lower for disabled people).