NISRA yesterday published the 2012 Religion based Labour Force Survey.

Here it is.

Unemployment Graph


The above graph shows the narrowing of the gap over the past 20 odd years but there are many more available in the source document linked above.

Some initial observations?

  • The Geographical variations are fascinating, particularly Belfast v everywhere else
  • The consistent patterns of increasing catholic population percentages on every graph
  • A noticable increase in the over 60’s between 2011 and 2012 from a catholic background. (In other words post-census)

My apologies for the brevity of this post but I want to read this in detail before commenting further. There is also the raw data tables to digest. I would urge readers who may be interested to do the same.

Have fun!