Labour Force Survey Religion Report 2016: Local Government District Bulletin

Date published: 28 June 2018

The Executive Office (TEO) today published the ‘Labour Force Survey Religion Report 2016: Local Government District Bulletin’.

Statistical news release - OFMDFM

Building on the ‘Labour Force Survey Religion Report 2016’, published in January 2018, this bulletin provides labour market analysis by religion for the 11 Local Government Districts in Northern Ireland.

Key findings

In Mid and East Antrim (72%), Ards and North Down (65%), and Lisburn and Castlereagh (52%) in 2016, it was estimated that the majority of the working age population were Protestant.

Catholic majorities among the working age population were estimated in Derry City and Strabane (72%), Newry, Mourne and Down (71%), Mid Ulster (62%), and Fermanagh and Omagh (57%).

In 2016, the highest employment rates for Protestants were in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, and Newry, Mourne and Down, where three quarters (75%) of working age Protestants were employed. The working age employment rate for Protestants was lowest in Causeway Coast and Glens (58%).

In 2016, working age employment rates for Catholics were highest in Antrim and Newtownabbey (83%), Mid and East Antrim (83%), and Lisburn and Castlereagh (80%). This rate was lowest in Derry City and Strabane, where just over a half (51%) of working age Catholics were employed.

The report and associated data tables can be downloaded via the Statistics and Research section of the TEO website.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Media enquiries to TEO Press Office on 028 9037 8201. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number on 07623 974 383 and your call will be returned.
  2. Further information relating to the collection and production of the statistics can be obtained by contacting:
Paul Flynn
The Executive Office
PfG Analytics
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate

Telephone: 028 9052 2091

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