United Kingdom Unemployment Rate  1971-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

UK jobless rate held steady at 4.9 percent in the three months to July of 2016, the same as in the previous period and in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed declined, employment increased and the employment rate remained at the highest since the series begun although wage growth slowed. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.15 percent from 1971 until 2016, 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.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.90 4.90 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2016 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 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 September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-07-20 08:30 AM May 4.9% 5% 5% 5%
2016-08-17 08:30 AM Jun 4.9% 4.9% 4.9% 4.9%
2016-09-14 08:30 AM Jul 4.9% 4.9% 4.9% 5%
2016-10-19 08:30 AM Aug 5.1%
2016-11-16 09:30 AM Sep 5.1%
2016-12-14 09:30 AM Oct 5.1%

UK Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 4.9%


UK jobless rate held steady at 4.9 percent in the three months to July of 2016, the same as in the previous period and in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed declined, employment increased and the employment rate remained at the highest since the series began although wage growth slowed.

There were 1.63 million unemployed people, 39,000 fewer than for February to April 2016; 190,000 fewer than for a year earlier and the lowest since March to May 2008.

There were 901,000 unemployed men, 88,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 731,000 unemployed women, 102,000 fewer than for a year earlier. 31.77 million people were working: 174,000 more than for February to April 2016 and 559,000 more than for a year earlier. 23.25 million were working full-time, 434,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.51 million people working part-time, 126,000 more than for a year earlier.

The employment rate was 74.5 percent, the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 8.83 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive, 92,000 fewer than for February to April 2016 and 195,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate was 21.5 percent, the lowest since comparable records began in 1971.

Average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in nominal terms increased by 2.3 percent including bonuses and by 2.1 percent excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier. 

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
9/14/2016 9:21:04 AM

United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.90 4.90 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30577.00 30543.00 30577.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 771.00 763.60 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8514.00 8533.00 8533.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23253.00 23217.00 23253.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.50 74.50 74.50 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change 2.40 -3.60 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.50 78.40 78.50 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.40 1.50 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.50 13.60 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 101.50 101.00 102.20 44.60 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 101.20 100.80 101.20 64.80 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 752.00 746.00 763.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 505.00 502.00 505.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.30 2.50 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 588.00 586.00 588.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Minimum Wages 7.20 6.70 7.20 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Population 64.88 64.35 64.88 52.20 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 62.30 62.00 62.30 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 1320.00 1360.00 1400.00 1320.00 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 884.00 896.00 920.00 884.00 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 32.10 32.00 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 0.50 0.10 0.80 -1.00 percent [+]




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