Regional Economic Indicators

Comparative indicators for Northern Ireland and Ireland

Below you will find some useful comparative indicators such as GVA, exchange rates, interest rates and unemployment figures. You can download the data in Excel format.

Exchange rates £-€

These charts shows the quarterly average Euro/Sterling exchange rates taken from the Central Bank of Ireland and the Bank of England. It shows a strengthening Pound in 2014/2015 with a subsequent weakening into 2016, followed by a marked change in Q3, 2016, sparked by the UK referendum decision to leave the EU. Sterling continued to fall in 2017, however the first quarter of 2018 shows a slight increase for the Pound/Euro exchange rate.

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Source: Bank of England

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Source: Bank of England

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Source: Bank of England

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Source: Bank of England

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Source: Bank of England

Exchange rates €-£

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Source: CentralBank.ie

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Source: CentralBank.ie

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Source: CentralBank.ie

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Source: CentralBank.ie

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Source: CentralBank.ie

Annual interest rates

These charts shows the annual average interest rates for Ireland and Northern Ireland, noting the sharp fall since 2008 and record low rates for 2017. Data sources: Central Bank of Ireland and Bank of England.

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Data sources: CentralBank.ie and Bank of England.

GNP/GVA

The chart shows an index of Gross Value Added (GVA) figures for Northern Ireland and Gross National Product (GNP) figures for Ireland (2000=100). Data sources: CSO and ONS (latest for 2015)

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Note:

  • 2015 Northern Ireland GVA Only
  • 2015 Ireland GNP Only

Data sources: CSO and ONS

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Data sources: CSO and ONS

Unemployment

These charts shows the annual average number of unemployed persons in Ireland and Northern Ireland with gradual falls from 2011 to recent years, for the whole island.

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Data sources: CSO and NISRA

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Data sources: CSO and NISRA