United Kingdom Unemployment Rate 1971-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom decreased to 6 percent in the three months to August of 2014 from 6.20 percent in the previous period. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.25 Percent from 1971 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 12 Percent in February of 1984 and a record low of 3.40 Percent in November of 1973. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom is reported by the Office for National Statistics.

   
 
 

United Kingdom Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.00 6.20 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2014 Percent Monthly
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 - United Kingdom Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - United Kingdom Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Sunday, October 26, 2014.


UK Unemployment Rate Beats Expectations


The UK jobless rate fell for the seventh straight time to 6 percent in the three months to August of 2014. While the number of unemployment persons posted the largest annual drop on record, employment grew at its slowest pace in more than a year.

There were 1.97 million unemployed people, 154,000 fewer than for March to May 2014 and 538,000 less than a year earlier. This is the largest annual fall in unemployment on record.

There were 30.76 million people in work. This was 46,000 more than for March to May 2014, the smallest quarterly increase since March to May 2013. Comparing June to August 2014 with a year earlier, there were 736,000 more people in work. The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work was 73.0 percent, slightly higher than for March to May 2014 (72.9 percent) and higher than for a year earlier (71.5 percent).

There were 9.03 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work (known as economically inactive). This was 113,000 more than for March to May 2014 but 46,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The economic inactivity rate was 22.2 percent, higher than for March to May 2014 (22.0 percent) but lower than for a year earlier (22.4 percent).

Pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain was 0.7 percent higher than a year earlier. Pay excluding bonuses for employees in Great Britain was 0.9 percent higher than a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
10/15/2014 9:41:47 AM


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UK Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.4%
UK jobless rate continued to fall, reaching 6.4% for April to June 2014, the lowest since late 2008 while the number of people claiming unemployment benefits declined more-than-expected in July. Published on 2014-08-13


Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-07-16 09:30 AM United Kingdom
Unemployment Rate
May 2014 6.5% 6.6% 6.5% 6.6%
2014-08-13 09:30 AM United Kingdom
Unemployment Rate
Jun 2014 6.4% 6.5% 6.4% 6.4%
2014-09-17 09:30 AM United Kingdom
Unemployment Rate
Jul 2014 6.2% 6.4% 6.3% 6.4%
2014-10-15 09:30 AM United Kingdom
Unemployment Rate
Aug 2014 6.0% 6.2% 6.1% 6.1%
2014-11-12 09:30 AM United Kingdom
Unemployment Rate
Sep 2014 6.0% 6%


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.00 6.20 12.00 3.40 Percent [+]
Employed Persons 29653.00 29568.00 29653.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change -18.60 -33.20 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 951.90 970.50 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 674.00 677.00 694.00 430.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.30 2.50 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 15.80 16.30 22.20 9.70 Percent [+]
Productivity 100.40 100.20 105.00 32.90 Index Points [+]
Wages 479.00 478.00 485.00 306.00 GBP [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 562.00 564.00 568.00 362.00 GBP [+]
Labour Costs 103.10 103.00 105.70 6.00 Index Points [+]
Population 63.90 63.50 63.90 52.37 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 62.00 61.50 62.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Minimum Wages 1301.30 1251.05 1315.00 902.00 EUR [+]