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

UK unemployment rate held at a 42-year low of 4.6 percent in the three months to April 2017, in line with market expectations. The employment rate remained at an all-time high of 74.8 percent, as the number of people in work went up by 109 thousand. Meanwhile, total pay adjusted for price inflation decreased by 0.4 percent from the previous year, the biggest drop since the three months to September 2014. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.11 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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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-04-12 08:30 AM Feb 4.7% 4.7% 4.7% 4.7%
2017-05-17 08:30 AM Mar 4.6% 4.7% 4.7% 4.7%
2017-06-14 08:30 AM Apr 4.6% 4.6% 4.6% 4.6%
2017-07-12 08:30 AM May 4.6% 4.7%
2017-08-16 08:30 AM Jun 4.7%
2017-09-13 08:30 AM Jul 4.8%




UK Jobless Rate Steady At 4.6%


UK unemployment rate held at a 42-year low of 4.6 percent in the three months to April 2017, in line with market expectations. The employment rate remained at an all-time high of 74.8 percent, as the number of people in work went up by 109 thousand. Meanwhile, total pay adjusted for price inflation decreased by 0.4 percent from the previous year, the biggest drop since the three months to September 2014.

Estimates from the Labour Force Survey show that, between November 2016 to January 2017 and February to April 2017, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people fell, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also fell.

There were 1.53 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 50,000 fewer than for November 2016 to January 2017 and 145,000 fewer than for a year earlier.The unemployment rate (the proportion of those in work plus those unemployed, that were unemployed) was 4.6%, down from 5.0% for a year earlier and the joint lowest since 1975.

There were 31.95 million people in work, 109,000 more than for November 2016 to January 2017 and 372,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.8%, the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 8.85 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 30,000 fewer than for November 2016 to January 2017 and 74,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive) was 21.5%, down from 21.8% for a year earlier and the joint lowest since comparable records began in 1971.

Average weekly earnings for employees in nominal terms increased by 2.1 percent including bonuses, and by 1.7 percent excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier. In real terms (that is, adjusted for price inflation), average weekly earnings decreased by 0.4 percent including bonuses, and fell by 0.6 percent excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
6/14/2017 9:16:29 AM



United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.60 4.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30746.00 30747.00 30747.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 802.60 795.40 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8454.00 8457.00 8583.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23500.00 23490.00 23500.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.80 74.80 74.80 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change 7.30 22.00 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.50 78.50 78.50 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.20 1.30 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.30 11.90 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 102.30 101.90 102.30 44.60 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 102.60 103.00 103.00 20.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 770.00 777.00 777.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 502.00 502.00 502.00 300.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 583.00 581.00 583.00 356.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.10 2.30 6.60 -2.60 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.50 7.20 7.50 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Population 65.38 64.88 65.38 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 [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1190.00 1220.00 1260.00 1160.00 GBP/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 2140.00 2190.00 2190.00 2040.00 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Family 1152.50 1141.20 1360.00 1006.10 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1043.60 1019.80 1043.60 878.80 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 32.20 32.20 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 0.40 0.10 0.80 -0.90 percent [+]


United Kingdom Unemployment Rate Notes

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 June of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.60 4.60 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2017 percent Monthly



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