Recent data has indicated that the level of unemployment in Northern Ireland has surpassed that of the UK as a whole. This is worrying news, but it is also not a full picture of the labour market in Northern Ireland. The unemployment rate does not count those who are underemployed, those who are in employment but still seek work.
Indicator 2.5 (b) of the Quarterly Economic Facts shows the number of people in Northern Ireland who work part-time only because they cannot find full-time work. This is one measure of underemployment that highlights a large section of the workforce who cannot realise their full potential.