Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Northern Ireland 2016

15th Mar 2016

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

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).
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