The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the United Kingdom increased by 20.2 thousand to 968 thousand in October of 2018, following an upwardly revised 23.2 thousand in September and higher than market expectations of a 4.3 thousand increase. Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom averaged 0.72 Thousand from 1971 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 142.80 Thousand in February of 2009 and a record low of -98.50 Thousand in November of 1996.
Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom is expected to be 10.00 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 11.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Claimant Count Change is projected to trend around 6.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.