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

British jobless rate decreased for the fifth straight period to 5.1 percent in the three months to November of 2015, reaching the lowest level since August to October 2005. Earnings growth slowed for the second consecutive month. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.18 percent from 1971 until 2015, 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
Please Paste this Code in your Website

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.10 5.20 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2015 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 February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-11-11 09:30 AM Sep 5.3% 5.4% 5.4% 5.4%
2015-12-16 09:30 AM Oct 5.2% 5.3% 5.3% 5.3%
2016-01-20 09:30 AM Nov 5.1% 5.2% 5.2% 5.2%
2016-02-17 09:30 AM Dec 5.1% 5% 5%
2016-03-16 09:30 AM Jan 5%
2016-04-20 08:30 AM Feb 4.9%

UK Unemployment Rate at Near 10-Year Low


British jobless rate decreased to 5.1 percent in the three months to November of 2015, reaching the lowest level since August to October 2005. Earnings growth slowed for the second consecutive month.

There were 1.68 million unemployed people, 99,000 fewer than for June to August 2015 and 239,000 fewer than for a year earlier.

There were 8.92 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive, 93,000 fewer than for June to August 2015 and 172,000 fewer than for a year earlier.

31.39 million people were working, 267,000 more than for June to August 2015 and 588,000 more than for a year earlier. 22.96 million were working full-time, 436,000 more than for a year earlier and 8.43 million were working part-time, 152,000 more than for a year earlier.

The employment rate was 74.0 percent, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.

The inactivity rate was 21.9 percent, lower than for a year earlier (22.4 percent). The inactivity rate has not been lower since October to December 1990.

Comparing the three months to November with a year earlier, pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.0 percent including bonuses (2.4 percent in the previous period) and by 1.9 percent excluding bonuses (2.0 percent in the previous period).

The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits fell by 4.3 thousand in December of 2015, following a downwardly revised 2.2 thousand drop in November.  

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
1/20/2016 9:42:47 AM

United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.10 5.20 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30179.00 30125.00 30179.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 785.90 796.20 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8428.00 8421.00 8428.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 22960.00 22880.00 22960.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change -4.30 1.20 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.00 73.90 74.00 65.60 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.10 78.10 78.30 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.50 1.80 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.50 13.50 22.40 9.70 percent [+]
Labour Costs 101.50 101.10 104.80 6.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 102.20 102.60 102.60 34.00 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 756.00 747.00 756.00 429.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 494.00 493.00 495.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 573.00 575.00 576.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.00 2.40 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 6.70 6.50 6.70 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Population 64.77 63.91 64.77 52.20 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 62.33 62.00 62.33 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1200.00 1200.00 1200.00 1160.00 GBP/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 2080.00 2060.00 2080.00 2040.00 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 32.10 32.00 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 0.60 -0.20 0.80 -1.00 percent [+]




Last
Djibouti 54.00 Dec/10
Congo 46.10 Dec/13
Bosnia and Herzegovina 42.73 Nov/15
Haiti 40.60 Dec/10
Kenya 40.00 Dec/11
Kosovo 35.30 Dec/14
Yemen 29.00 Dec/11
Swaziland 28.50 Dec/10
Namibia 28.10 Dec/14
Palestine 27.40 Sep/15
Republic of the Congo 26.60 Dec/10
Angola 26.00 Dec/14
South Africa 25.50 Sep/15
Macedonia 25.48 Sep/15
Lesotho 25.30 Dec/08
Greece 24.59 Nov/15
Equatorial Guinea 22.30 Dec/09
Gambia 22.00 Dec/10
Guyana 21.00 Dec/11
Spain 20.90 Dec/15
Botswana 20.00 Dec/13
Libya 19.50 Dec/11
Sudan 19.50 Dec/14
Croatia 17.90 Dec/15
Montenegro 17.75 Jan/16
Albania 17.50 Sep/15
Serbia 17.30 Sep/15
Mozambique 17.00 Dec/07
Ethiopia 16.80 Dec/15
Armenia 16.60 Sep/15
Iraq 16.40 Dec/14
Gabon 16.00 Dec/10
Cape Verde 15.80 Dec/14
Bahamas 15.70 Dec/14
Cyprus 15.70 Dec/15
Tunisia 15.30 Sep/15
Oman 15.00 Dec/11
Syria 14.90 Dec/12
Eritrea 14.50 Dec/84
Dominican Republic 14.00 Sep/15
Jordan 13.80 Sep/15
New Caledonia 13.80 Dec/09
Sao Tome and Principe 13.60 Dec/12
Senegal 13.40 Dec/15
Zambia 13.30 Dec/14
Jamaica 13.10 Sep/15
Mauritania 12.85 Dec/14
Egypt 12.80 Sep/15
Georgia 12.40 Dec/14
Portugal 12.20 Dec/15
Puerto Rico 12.20 Dec/15
South Sudan 12.00 Dec/08
Barbados 11.90 Jun/15
Slovenia 11.70 Nov/15
Maldives 11.60 Dec/13
Italy 11.40 Dec/15
Zimbabwe 11.30 Dec/14
Belize 11.10 Dec/14
East Timor 11.00 Dec/13
Austria 10.90 Jan/16
Iran 10.70 Dec/15
Uzbekistan 10.70 Dec/13
Slovakia 10.63 Dec/15
Algeria 10.60 Sep/14
France 10.60 Sep/15
Turkmenistan 10.60 Dec/13
Turkey 10.50 Oct/15
Euro Area 10.40 Dec/15
Poland 10.30 Jan/16
Tanzania 10.30 Dec/14
Bulgaria 10.00 Dec/15
Nigeria 9.90 Sep/15
Latvia 9.70 Sep/15
Morocco 9.50 Dec/15
Lithuania 9.40 Jan/16
Ukraine 9.40 Sep/15
Costa Rica 9.20 Sep/15
Finland 9.20 Dec/15
European Union 9.00 Dec/15
Suriname 8.90 Dec/14
Colombia 8.60 Dec/15
Ireland 8.60 Jan/16
Mali 8.20 Dec/14
Afghanistan 8.00 Dec/13
Belgium 7.90 Dec/15
Fiji 7.90 Dec/14
Chad 7.80 Dec/12
Burundi 7.70 Dec/12
Central African Republic 7.60 Dec/12
Bolivia 7.40 Dec/13
Mauritius 7.40 Sep/15
Uruguay 7.40 Dec/15
Canada 7.20 Jan/16
Comoros 7.00 Dec/12
El Salvador 7.00 Dec/14
Brazil 6.90 Dec/15
Brunei 6.90 Dec/14
Togo 6.90 Dec/13
Nicaragua 6.80 Dec/14
Luxembourg 6.70 Dec/15
Romania 6.70 Dec/15
Sweden 6.70 Dec/15
Burkina Faso 6.60 Dec/14
Malawi 6.60 Dec/13
Netherlands 6.60 Dec/15
Czech Republic 6.40 Jan/16
Estonia 6.40 Dec/15
Lebanon 6.40 Dec/14
Mongolia 6.30 Sep/15
Paraguay 6.30 Sep/15
Hungary 6.20 Dec/15
Indonesia 6.18 Sep/15
Pakistan 6.00 Dec/14
Venezuela 6.00 Dec/15
Argentina 5.90 Sep/15
Australia 5.80 Dec/15
Chile 5.80 Dec/15
Russia 5.80 Dec/15
Peru 5.70 Dec/15
Philippines 5.70 Dec/15
Saudi Arabia 5.70 Jun/15
Cayman Islands 5.60 Dec/15
Ivory Coast 5.30 Dec/13
Malta 5.30 Sep/15
New Zealand 5.30 Dec/15
Ghana 5.20 Dec/13
Israel 5.20 Dec/15
United Kingdom 5.10 Nov/15
Azerbaijan 5.00 Dec/13
Kazakhstan 5.00 Nov/15
Sri Lanka 5.00 Sep/15
India 4.90 Dec/13
United States 4.90 Jan/16
Seychelles 4.70 Dec/14
Norway 4.60 Nov/15
Denmark 4.50 Dec/15
Germany 4.50 Dec/15
Bangladesh 4.30 Dec/13
Honduras 4.30 Dec/13
Ecuador 4.28 Nov/15
United Arab Emirates 4.20 Dec/12
North Korea 4.10 Dec/14
China 4.05 Dec/15
Myanmar 4.02 Dec/13
Cameroon 4.00 Dec/13
Mexico 3.96 Dec/15
Taiwan 3.88 Dec/15
Guinea 3.80 Dec/12
Liberia 3.80 Dec/14
Switzerland 3.80 Jan/16
Uganda 3.80 Dec/13
Bahrain 3.70 Dec/12
Kuwait 3.50 Dec/13
Rwanda 3.40 Dec/12
South Korea 3.40 Dec/15
Hong Kong 3.30 Dec/15
Japan 3.30 Dec/15
Moldova 3.30 Sep/15
Sierra Leone 3.30 Dec/14
Malaysia 3.20 Nov/15
Trinidad and Tobago 3.20 Jun/15
Bhutan 2.90 Dec/14
Guatemala 2.90 Jun/14
Cuba 2.70 Dec/14
Nepal 2.70 Dec/13
Panama 2.50 Dec/15
Papua New Guinea 2.50 Dec/14
Tajikistan 2.50 Nov/15
Liechtenstein 2.40 Dec/14
Vietnam 2.31 Dec/15
Iceland 2.30 Dec/15
Niger 2.25 Dec/08
Kyrgyzstan 2.20 Nov/16
Macau 1.90 Dec/15
Singapore 1.90 Dec/15
Guinea Bissau 1.80 Dec/10
Laos 1.40 Dec/14
Madagascar 1.20 Dec/12
Benin 1.00 Dec/13
Thailand 0.65 Dec/15
Belarus 0.50 Dec/14
Cambodia 0.30 Dec/13
Qatar 0.20 Dec/14