The UK unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in the three months to July 2021, the lowest level since the June-August 2020 period and in line with market expectations, adding to signs of labor market recovery. Still, the rate remained 0.6 percentage points higher than before the pandemic. The number of unemployed people was down by 86,000 on quarter to 1.55 million, while employment levels rose by 183,000 to 32.36 million, more than market consensus of a 178,000 increase. The report also showed the number of employees on company books rose by 241,000 to 29.1 million in August 2021, returning to February 2020 levels. The number of job vacancies rose above 1 million for the first time, with the largest increase seen in accommodation and food service activities. source: Office for National Statistics

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 6.84 percent from 1971 until 2021, 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 September of 2021.

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom is expected to be 4.70 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 4.30 percent in 2022 and 4.00 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.60 4.70 11.90 3.40 1971 - 2021 percent Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-06-15 06:00 AM Apr 4.7% 4.8% 4.7% 4.7%
2021-07-15 06:00 AM May 4.8% 4.7% 4.7% 4.7%
2021-08-17 06:00 AM Jun 4.7% 4.8% 4.8% 4.7%
2021-09-14 06:00 AM Jul 4.6% 4.7% 4.6% 4.7%
2021-10-12 06:00 AM Aug 4.6% 4.6%
2021-11-16 07:00 AM Sep 4.6%
2021-12-14 07:00 AM Oct 4.7%


News Stream
UK Jobless Rate Drops to Near 1-Year Low
The UK unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in the three months to July 2021, the lowest level since the June-August 2020 period and in line with market expectations, adding to signs of labor market recovery. Still, the rate remained 0.6 percentage points higher than before the pandemic. The number of unemployed people was down by 86,000 on quarter to 1.55 million, while employment levels rose by 183,000 to 32.36 million, more than market consensus of a 178,000 increase. The report also showed the number of employees on company books rose by 241,000 to 29.1 million in August 2021, returning to February 2020 levels. The number of job vacancies rose above 1 million for the first time, with the largest increase seen in accommodation and food service activities.
2021-09-14
UK Jobless Rate Falls to 4.7% in Q2
The UK unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in the second quarter of 2021, from 4.9 percent in the January-March period and slightly below market expectations of 4.8 percent, suggesting the labor market continuing to recover following the relaxation of many coronavirus restrictions. Still, the rate remained 0.8 percentage points higher than before the pandemic. The number of unemployed people was down by 53,000 to 1.60 million, while employment levels rose by 95,000 to 32.28 million, more than market consensus of a 75,000 increase. The report also showed the number of employees on company books rose 182,000 to 28.9 million in July 2021, as companies stepped up hiring to respond to growing demand. Job vacancies hit a record high while redundancies decreased to pre-pandemic levels.
2021-08-17
UK Jobless Rate Inches Up to 4.8%
The unemployment rate in the UK edged up to 4.8% in the three months to May of 2021, compared to market forecasts of 4.7 percent. The employment rate fell to 74.8 percent from 75.2 percent and the labor force participation rate also declined to 78.7 percent from 79 percent. With the relaxation of many coronavirus restrictions, total hours worked increased on the quarter, however it is still below pre-pandemic levels. The number of employees on British company payrolls surged by 356,000, the biggest increase since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The redundancy rate decreased on the quarter and has returned to pre-pandemic levels. There were 862,000 job vacancies in April to June 2021 - 77,500 above its pre-pandemic level in January to March 2020. All but one industry saw quarterly increases in their number of vacancies. Growth in average total pay (including bonuses) was at a record 7.3 percent and excluding bonuses was 6.6 percent among employees for March to May 2021.
2021-07-15
UK Jobless Rate Drops to 4.7%
The UK unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in the three months to April 2021, the lowest rate since the June-August 2020 period and in line with market expectations. The labor market continued to show signs of recovery, supported by the relaxation of many coronavirus restrictions, the rapid pace of vaccination, and the government's furlough scheme, which will run until the end of September. The number of unemployed people was down by 90,000 to 1.61 million, while employment levels rose by 113,000 to 32.49 million, less than market consensus of a 150,000 increase. The report also showed the number of employees on company books surged 197,000 in May from April, the largest increase on record, as companies stepped up hiring as restrictive measures eased further. Job vacancies and redundancies have returned to pre-pandemic levels.
2021-06-15

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.