Changing Reasons for Economic Inactivity
Posted on June 16, 2013 by Paul Mac Flynn
Northern Ireland has historically always had a higher rate of economic inactivity than either the Republic of Ireland or any of the other 11 regions of the United Kingdom. While the overall rate of economic inactivity has actually reduced somewhat over the crisis from 2008, it still remains above all other regions. There is a distinction within the economically inactive between those who do not require a job and those who do want to work but can't.
Interestingly the reasons for economic inactivity among those who wish to work has seen much more change over the last number of years than the overall rate itself. Among those who want to work, family and other reasons (including discouraged workers and those temporarily displaced) have begun to rise again as reasons for inactivity. Long-term sickness which did increase over the last decade has begun to decrease.
The latest figures can be seen in indicator 3.4 in the latest NERI Quarterly Economic facts here.