The unemployment rate in the UK held at 3.8% in the three months to May of 2022, the same as in the previous period and compared to forecasts of 3.9%, suggesting the labor market remains robust despite rising prices squeezing the cost of living. The number of people in employment increased by 296K, the biggest gain since the three months to August last year. The number of full-time employees increased to a record high and part-time employees also were up. Also, the number of economically inactive people fell by 144K, the biggest drop since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the number of job vacancies from April to June 2022 rose to 1,294,000 but the rate of growth continued to slow down. Growth in regular pay which excludes bonuses picked up slightly to 4.3% from 4.2% but including bonuses, it slowed to 6.2% from 6.8%. source: Office for National Statistics

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 6.79 percent from 1971 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 11.90 percent in April of 1984 and a record low of 3.40 percent in December of 1973. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2022.

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom is expected to be 3.70 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 4.00 percent in 2023 and 4.80 percent in 2024, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Unemployment Rate



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2022-06-14 06:00 AM Apr 3.8% 3.7% 3.6% 3.7%
2022-07-19 06:00 AM May 3.8% 3.8% 3.9% 3.8%
2022-08-16 06:00 AM Jun 3.8% 3.8%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Unemployment Rate 3.80 3.80 percent May 2022
Unemployed Persons 1549.10 1569.20 Thousand Jun 2022
Employed Persons 32863.00 32707.00 Thousand Apr 2022
Part Time Employment 8177.00 8145.00 Thousand Apr 2022
Full Time Employment 24686.00 24562.00 Thousand Apr 2022
Claimant Count Change -20.10 -34.70 Thousand Jun 2022
Employment Rate 75.90 75.60 percent Apr 2022
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.90 78.70 percent Apr 2022
Youth Unemployment Rate 10.40 10.80 percent Apr 2022
Productivity 101.70 102.30 points Mar 2022
Labour Costs 109.60 109.70 points Dec 2021
Job Vacancies 1294.00 1297.00 Thousand May 2022
Wages 601.00 602.00 GBP/Week May 2022
Wages in Manufacturing 660.00 656.00 GBP/Week May 2022
Wage Growth 6.20 6.80 percent May 2022
Population 67.53 67.08 Million Dec 2021
Non Farm Payrolls 29574.00 29543.00 Thousand Jun 2022
Employment Change 296.00 177.00 Thousand Apr 2022
Average Weekly Hours 31.80 31.90 Hours Apr 2022

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.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.80 3.80 11.90 3.40 1971 - 2022 percent Monthly

News Stream
UK Jobless Rate Steady at 3.8%
The unemployment rate in the UK held at 3.8% in the three months to May of 2022, the same as in the previous period and compared to forecasts of 3.9%, suggesting the labor market remains robust despite rising prices squeezing the cost of living. The number of people in employment increased by 296K, the biggest gain since the three months to August last year. The number of full-time employees increased to a record high and part-time employees also were up. Also, the number of economically inactive people fell by 144K, the biggest drop since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the number of job vacancies from April to June 2022 rose to 1,294,000 but the rate of growth continued to slow down. Growth in regular pay which excludes bonuses picked up slightly to 4.3% from 4.2% but including bonuses, it slowed to 6.2% from 6.8%.
2022-07-19
UK Jobless Rate Edges Higher to 3.8%
The jobless rate in the UK edged higher to 3.8% in the three months to April 2022 from 3.7% in the three months to March and compared to forecasts of 3.6%. It is the first increase in the jobless rate since the last three months of 2020, with the number of unemployed for up to six months rising the most since late 2020 but full-time employment reached an all-time high. Payrolled employees were up by 90,000 to a record 29.6 million in May and job vacancies in March to May 2022 rose to a new record of 1,300,000. However, the rate of growth in vacancies continued to slow down.
2022-06-14
UK Jobless Rate Falls to 3.7%, Lowest since 1974
The unemployment rate in the UK edged down to 3.7% in Q1 2022, the lowest reading since 1974 and below 3.8% in the previous period and forecasts of 3.8%. For the first time since records began, there are fewer unemployed people (1.257 million) than job vacancies, which reached a new record of 1.295 million. Also, the employment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 75.7%, driven by the movement of people from unemployment to employment but there was also a record-high movement of people from economic inactivity into employment. Meanwhile, real wage growth for regular pay was 1.9% lower than a year ago in March, the biggest fall since Q3 2013, as high inflationary pressures continue to hurt consumers' purchasing power. The most timely estimate of payrolled employees for April 2022 shows a monthly increase of 121K to a record 29.5 million.
2022-05-17