The number of people claiming unemployment related benefits in the UK rose by 856.5 thousand to more than 2.097 million in April 2020, following a downwardly revised 12.1 thousand increase in the previous month and above market expectations of a 676.5 thousand gain. It is a record monthly rise in jobless claims, due to coronavirus lockdown and business closures from March 23rd. Still, figures do not include those put on temporary leave by their employers to whom the government pays 80% of the wages.

Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom averaged 2.68 Thousand from 1971 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 856.50 Thousand in April of 2020 and a record low of -98.50 Thousand in November of 1996. This page provides the latest reported value for - United Kingdom Claimant Count Change - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United Kingdom Claimant Count Change - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2020. source: Office for National Statistics

Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom is expected to be 190.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom to stand at 22.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Claimant Count Change is projected to trend around 25.00 Thousand in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Claimant Count Change

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
856.50 12.10 856.50 -98.50 1971 - 2020 Thousand Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-02-18 09:30 AM Jan 5.5K 2.6K 22.6K 15K
2020-03-17 09:30 AM Feb 17.3K -0.2K 21.4K 24K
2020-04-21 06:00 AM Mar 12.2K 5.9K 175K 272K
2020-05-19 06:00 AM Apr 856.5K 12.1K 676.5K 650K
2020-06-16 06:00 AM May 856.5K 290K
2020-07-14 06:00 AM Jun 190K
2020-08-11 06:00 AM Jul 120K
2020-09-15 06:00 AM Aug 75K


News Stream
UK Claimant Count Rises the Most on Record
The number of people claiming unemployment related benefits in the UK rose by 856.5 thousand to more than 2.097 million in April 2020, following a downwardly revised 12.1 thousand increase in the previous month and above market expectations of a 676.5 thousand gain. It is a record monthly rise in jobless claims, due to coronavirus lockdown and business closures from March 23rd. Still, figures do not include those put on temporary leave by their employers to whom the government pays 80% of the wages.
2020-05-19
UK Claimant Count Far Below Forecasts
The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the United Kingdom went up by 5.5 thousand in January 2020, following a downwardly revised 2.6 thousand gain the previous month and below market expectations of a 22.6 thousand rise.
2020-02-18
UK Claimant Count Rises More than Expected
The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the UK increased by 28.8 thousand in September of 2019, following a downwardly revised 26.4 thousand gain in the previous month and compared to market expectations of a 24.5 thousand rise.
2019-12-17
UK Claimant Count Rises Less Than Expected
The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the United Kingdom went up by 21.1 thousand in September of 2019, following a downwardly revised 16.3 thousand gain the previous month and below market expectations of a 26.5 thousand rise.
2019-10-15

United Kingdom Claimant Count Change
Claimant count in the United Kingdom measures the change in the number of people claiming unemployment related benefits.