Labour Force Survey Religion Report 2017: Local Government District Bulletin

Date published: 14 February 2019

The Executive Office (TEO) today published the ‘Labour Force Survey Religion Report 2017: Local Government District Bulletin’.

Statistical news release - OFMDFM

Building on the ‘Labour Force Survey Religion Report 2017’, published in January 2019, this bulletin provides labour market analysis by religion for the 11 Local Government Districts in Northern Ireland.

Key findings:

In 2017, it was estimated that the majority of the working age population were Protestant in Mid and East Antrim (64%), Ards and North Down (54%), and Lisburn and Castlereagh (52%).

Catholic majorities among the working age population were estimated in Derry City and Strabane (71%), Newry, Mourne and Down (71%) and Mid Ulster (64%).

In 2017, the highest employment rates for Protestants were in Lisburn and Castlereagh (77% employed) and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (74% employed). The working age employment rate for Protestants was lowest in Causeway Coast and Glens (58%).

In 2017, working age employment rates for Catholics were highest in Antrim and Newtownabbey (85%) and Lisburn and Castlereagh (81%). This rate was lowest in Derry City and Strabane, where 54% of working age Catholics were employed.

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

Notes to editors: 

  1. Media enquiries to The Executive Office Press Office on 028 9037 8142. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110.

  2. Further information relating to the collection and production of the statistics can be obtained by contacting:

The Executive Office
PfG Analytics
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate

Telephone: 028 9076 5762

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