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

UK unemployment rate dropped to a fresh 42-year low of 4.4 percent in the three months to June of 2017, beating market expectations of 4.5 percent. The employment rate rose to an all-time high of 75.1 percent as the number of people in work rose by 125 thousand. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.10 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 Unemployment Rate Falls to New 42-Year Low


UK unemployment rate dropped to a fresh 42-year low of 4.4 percent in the three months to June of 2017, beating market expectations of 4.5 percent. The employment rate rose to an all-time high of 75.1 percent as the number of people in work rose by 125 thousand.

There were 1.48 million unemployed people, 57,000 fewer than for January to March 2017 and 157,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, down from 4.9 percent for a year earlier and the lowest since 1975.

There were 32.07 million people in work, 125,000 more than for January to March 2017 and 338,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate was 75.1 percent, the highest since comparable records began in 1971. There were 883,000 people (not seasonally adjusted) in employment on “zero-hours contracts” in their main job, 20,000 fewer than for a year earlier.

There were 8.77 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 64,000 fewer than for January to March 2017 and 90,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate was 21.3 percent, down from 21.6 percent for a year earlier and the lowest since comparable records began in 1971.

Latest estimates show that average weekly earnings in nominal terms (that is, not adjusted for price inflation) increased by 2.1 percent, both including and excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier. In real terms (that is, adjusted for price inflation), average weekly earnings fell by 0.5 percent, both including and excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
8/16/2017 8:48:52 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-06-14 08:30 AM Apr 4.6% 4.6% 4.6% 4.6%
2017-07-12 08:30 AM May 4.5% 4.6% 4.6% 4.6%
2017-08-16 08:30 AM Jun 4.4% 4.5% 4.5% 4.5%
2017-09-13 08:30 AM Jul 4.4% 4.4%
2017-10-18 08:30 AM Aug 4.4%
2017-11-15 09:30 AM Sep 4.5%


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.40 4.50 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30906.00 30815.00 30906.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 807.80 812.00 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8492.00 8478.00 8583.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23581.00 23532.00 23581.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 75.10 74.90 75.10 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change -4.20 3.50 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.70 78.50 78.70 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.20 1.30 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.10 12.20 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Labour Costs 102.90 102.60 103.00 20.70 Index Points [+]
Productivity 101.80 102.40 102.40 44.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 768.00 774.00 777.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 506.00 505.00 506.00 300.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.10 1.90 6.60 -2.60 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 585.00 584.00 585.00 356.00 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 [+]
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 1152.50 1006.10 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1043.60 1019.80 1043.60 878.80 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 32.20 32.10 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 August of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.40 4.50 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2017 percent Monthly



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