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

UK unemployment rate stood at a 42-year low of 4.3 percent in the three months to November 2017, unchanged from the June to August period and in line with market expectations. The number of people in work rose by 102 thousand to a record 32.2 million, marking the biggest increase in employment since the period to July. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.07 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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UK Jobless Rate Holds Steady at 42-Year Low


UK unemployment rate stood at a 42-year low of 4.3 percent in the three months to November 2017, unchanged from the June to August period and in line with market expectations.

There were 1.44 million unemployed people, little changed compared with June to August 2017 but 160,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, down from 4.8 percent for a year earlier and the joint lowest since 1975.

The number of people in work rose by 102,000 to a record high of 32.21 million, marking the biggest increase in employment since the period to July. Compared to a year earlier, employment rose by 415,000. The employment rate was 75.3 percent, higher than for a year earlier (74.5 percent) and the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 8.73 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive, 79,000 fewer than for June to August 2017 and 167,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate was 21.2 percent, lower than for a year earlier (21.7 percent) and the joint lowest since comparable records began in 1971.

Latest estimates show that average weekly earnings for employees in the UK in nominal terms (that is, not adjusted for price inflation) increased by 2.5 percent including bonuses, and by 2.4 percent excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier. In real terms (that is, adjusted for price inflation), average weekly earnings fell by 0.2 percent including bonuses, and by 0.5 percent excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier.


ONS | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
1/24/2018 9:43:55 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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% 4.3% 4.2% 4.3%
2018-01-24 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.3% 4.3% 4.3%
2018-02-21 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.3% 4.3%
2018-03-21 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3%
2018-04-17 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3%


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.30 4.30 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 32207.00 32080.00 32207.00 23630.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 832.50 823.90 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8553.00 8539.00 8583.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23654.00 23540.00 23654.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 75.30 75.10 75.30 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change 8.60 12.20 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.80 78.50 78.80 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.20 1.10 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.20 12.00 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Labour Costs 104.90 104.60 104.90 20.80 Index Points [+]
Productivity 101.20 100.30 101.20 43.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 810.00 798.00 810.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 511.00 510.00 511.00 300.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.50 2.50 6.60 -2.60 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 596.00 595.00 596.00 356.00 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 31.90 32.00 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 102.00 -56.00 307.00 -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 February of 2018.

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 16.55 Dec/17
Brazil 11.80 Dec/17
Italy 10.80 Dec/17
Turkey 10.30 Nov/17
France 8.90 Dec/17
Euro Area 8.70 Dec/17
Canada 5.90 Jan/18
Australia 5.50 Jan/18
Indonesia 5.50 Sep/17
Russia 5.10 Dec/17
United Kingdom 4.30 Nov/17
Netherlands 4.20 Jan/18
United States 4.10 Jan/18
China 3.90 Dec/17
Germany 3.60 Dec/17
South Korea 3.60 Jan/18
India 3.46 Dec/16
Switzerland 3.30 Jan/18
Mexico 3.10 Dec/17
Japan 2.80 Dec/17


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