United Kingdom Unemployment Rate  1971-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The jobless rate in the United Kingdom came in at 4.3 percent in the three months to September of 2017, in line with market expectations and remaining the lowest rate since 1975. On the other hand, employment declined the most in nearly two years and real wages continued to decrease. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.08 percent from 1971 until 2017, 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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The jobless rate in the United Kingdom came in at 4.3 percent in the three months to September of 2017, in line with market expectations and remaining the lowest rate since 1975. On the other hand, employment declined the most in nearly two years and real wages continued to decrease.

The number of unemployed people fell by 59,000 to 1.42 million in the three months to September 2017 compared with the three months to June 2017. By age category, unemployment decreased across all age groups except for those aged 65 and over.

The number of people in work decreased for the first time since August to October 2016. The total employment level fell by 14,000 on the previous quarter to 32.06 million. For men, employment fell by 37,000 whereas for women it increased by 23,000. The number of employees decreased by 10,000 on the previous quarter whereas the number of self-employed increased by 4,000. By age category, employment increased for three age groups: 25 to 34, 50 to 64 and 65 and over, while employment decreased for three age groups: 16 to 17, 18 to 24 and 35 to 49. 

In the three months to September 2017, a slight fall in employment was accompanied by an increase in the inactivity level of 117,000. The inactivity rate increased by 0.3 percentage points to 21.6 percent. Total weekly hours decreased by 5.3 million to 1.03 billion. Average actual weekly hours for all workers decreased by 0.2 to 32.1 hours. The average hours for part-time workers remained at 16.3 hours.

Nominal earnings increased by 2.2 percent (excluding and including bonuses) in the three months to September 2017 compared with a year earlier, however, it fell by 0.5 percent (excluding bonuses) and 0.4 percent (including bonuses) in real terms. This is because its rate of increase was less than that of the higher underlying inflation. 

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
11/15/2017 9:54:42 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-09-13 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.4% 4.4% 4.4%
2017-10-18 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.3% 4.3% 4.3%
2017-11-15 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.3% 4.3% 4.3%
2017-12-13 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.4%


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.30 4.30 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30877.00 30923.00 30974.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 806.10 804.10 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8541.00 8547.00 8583.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23517.00 23557.00 23596.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 75.00 75.10 75.30 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change 1.10 2.60 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.40 78.60 78.80 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.20 1.20 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.80 11.80 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Labour Costs 104.90 104.20 104.90 20.80 Index Points [+]
Productivity 100.80 99.90 100.80 43.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 780.00 783.00 783.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 509.00 507.00 509.00 300.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.20 2.30 6.60 -2.60 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 590.00 589.00 590.00 356.00 GBP/Week [+]
Minimum Wages 7.50 7.20 7.50 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Population 65.81 65.38 65.81 52.20 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 63.50 63.00 63.50 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 High Skilled 2210.00 2110.00 2210.00 2110.00 GBP/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1330.00 1280.00 1330.00 1220.00 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 32.10 32.20 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 0.40 0.40 0.80 -0.90 percent [+]


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 November of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.30 4.30 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2017 percent Monthly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.38 Sep/17
Brazil 12.40 Sep/17
Italy 11.10 Sep/17
Turkey 10.60 Aug/17
France 9.70 Sep/17
Euro Area 8.90 Sep/17
Canada 6.30 Oct/17
Indonesia 5.50 Sep/17
Australia 5.40 Oct/17
Russia 5.00 Sep/17
Netherlands 4.50 Oct/17
United Kingdom 4.30 Sep/17
United States 4.10 Oct/17
China 3.95 Sep/17
Germany 3.60 Sep/17
Mexico 3.60 Sep/17
South Korea 3.60 Oct/17
India 3.46 Dec/16
Switzerland 3.00 Oct/17
Japan 2.80 Sep/17