United Kingdom Unemployment Rate  1971-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The jobless rate in the UK stood at 4.2 percent in the three months to May, its joint-lowest since 1975. The number of unemployed declined by 12,000 from the December to February period while 137,000 jobs were created, bringing the employment rate to a record high of 75.7 percent. Still, wage growth eased to a six-month low. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.04 percent from 1971 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 12 percent in February of 1984 and a record low of 3.40 percent in November of 1973.

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UK Jobless Rate Unchanged at 42-Year Low


The jobless rate in the UK stood at 4.2 percent in the three months to May, its joint-lowest since 1975. The number of unemployed declined by 12,000 from the December to February period while 137,000 jobs were created, bringing the employment rate to a record high of 75.7 percent. Still, wage growth eased to a six-month low.

There were 1.41 million unemployed people, 12,000 fewer than for December 2017 to February 2018 and 84,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, down from 4.5 percent for a year earlier and the joint lowest since 1975.

There were 32.40 million people in work, 137,000 more than for December 2017 to February 2018 and 388,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate was 75.7 percent, higher than for a year earlier (74.9 percent) and the highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 8.64 million people aged from 16 to 64 years who were economically inactive, 86,000 fewer than for December 2017 to February 2018 and 184,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate was 21.0 percent, lower than for a year earlier (21.5 percent) and the joint lowest since comparable records began in 1971.

Latest estimates show that average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in nominal terms (that is, not adjusted for price inflation) increased by 2.7 percent excluding bonuses, and by 2.5 percent including bonuses, compared with a year earlier. Meanwhile, average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in real terms (that is, adjusted for price inflation) increased by 0.4 percent excluding bonuses, and by 0.2 percent including bonuses, compared with a year earlier.


ONS | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
7/17/2018 9:07:11 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-05-15 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.2% 4.2% 4.2% 4.2%
2018-06-12 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.2% 4.2% 4.2% 4.2%
2018-07-17 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.2% 4.2% 4.2% 4.2%
2018-08-14 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.2% 4.3%
2018-09-11 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.4%
2018-10-16 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.4%


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.20 4.20 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 32399.00 32394.00 32399.00 23630.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 898.70 890.90 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8542.00 8636.00 8636.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23856.00 23758.00 23856.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 75.70 75.60 75.70 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change 7.80 -3.00 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 79.00 79.00 79.00 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.10 1.10 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.70 11.50 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 101.20 101.60 101.60 43.10 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 103.80 103.00 103.80 20.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 824.00 817.00 824.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 517.00 516.00 517.00 300.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.50 2.60 6.60 -2.60 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 601.00 602.00 602.00 356.00 GBP/Week [+]
Minimum Wages 7.83 7.50 7.83 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Population 66.19 65.81 66.19 52.20 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.00 64.17 65.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Living Wage Family 1280.00 1220.00 1280.00 1170.00 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 970.00 920.00 970.00 840.00 GBP/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1330.00 1280.00 1330.00 1220.00 GBP/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 2210.00 2110.00 2210.00 2110.00 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 31.90 31.80 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 137.00 146.00 307.00 -279.00 Thousand [+]


United Kingdom Unemployment Rate

In the United Kingdom, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - United Kingdom Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United Kingdom Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.20 4.20 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2018 percent Monthly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.74 Mar/18
Brazil 12.70 May/18
Italy 10.70 May/18
Turkey 9.60 Apr/18
France 9.20 Mar/18
Euro Area 8.40 May/18
Canada 6.00 Jun/18
Australia 5.40 Jun/18
Indonesia 5.13 Mar/18
Russia 4.70 Jun/18
United Kingdom 4.20 May/18
United States 4.00 Jun/18
Netherlands 3.90 Jun/18
China 3.89 Mar/18
South Korea 3.70 Jun/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.40 May/18
Mexico 3.20 May/18
Switzerland 2.40 Jun/18
Japan 2.20 May/18


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