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Regional Profiles - Summary - Northern Ireland

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Population density map – Northern Ireland (393.5 Kb Pdf)

Northern Ireland had a population of 1.8 million in mid-2009, an increase of 4.6 per cent since 2004. This compares with an overall increase of 3.3 per cent for the UK over the same period. (Table 1.2)

People aged 65 and over in Northern Ireland in 2009 made up 14.2 per cent of the population, compared with 21.4 per cent for the under-16s. This compares with averages for the UK of 16.4 per cent and 18.7 per cent respectively. (Table 10.2)

In Northern Ireland men aged 65 in 2007–09 could expect to live another 17.1 years and women 19.9 years. This compares with 17.6 and 20.2 years in the UK as a whole. (Table 6.8)

The unemployment rate in Northern Ireland stood at 8.0 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with the UK rate of 7.9 per cent. (Table 1.1)

In Northern Ireland 16.2 per cent of children lived in workless households in the second quarter of 2010, compared with the averages for Wales (21.1 per cent), England (15.9 per cent) and Scotland (15.3 per cent). (Table 8.6)

In April 2010, the median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees on adult rates who were resident in Northern Ireland was £442, lower than Scotland (£487) and Wales (£456). (Table 9.19)
Labour productivity (gross value added per hour worked) in Northern Ireland in 2009 was 16.3 per cent below the UK average. (Table 3.2)

In Northern Ireland, 58.6 per cent of pupils achieved five or more grades A*–C at GCSE level or equivalent including English and mathematics in 2009/10. This compares with 49.8 for England and 49.4 for Wales. (Table 4.8)

District councils in Northern Ireland recycled or composted 36 per cent of household waste in 2009/10 which compares with 40 per cent in England, 38 per cent in Scotland and 40 per cent in Wales. (Table 5.11)

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Source:
    All data are published by ONS except those listed below.
    Population and life expectancy data for Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
    Education data from Northern Ireland Department of Education.
    Data on recycling from Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly Government.

  2. Notes:
    GCSE figures for Wales include a small number of pupils who achieve Welsh as a first language but not English.

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