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

UK jobless rate remained at 4.8 percent in the three months to November of 2016, the same as in the previous period and in line with market expectations. The employment rate held at an all-time high of 74.5 percent and wages grew at a faster pace while the number of people in work fell by 9,000. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.13 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.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-11-16 09:30 AM Sep 4.8% 4.9% 4.9% 5%
2016-12-14 09:30 AM Oct 4.8% 4.8% 4.8% 4.9%
2017-01-18 09:30 AM Nov 4.8% 4.8% 4.8% 4.9%
2017-02-15 09:30 AM Dec 4.8% 5%
2017-03-15 09:30 AM Jan 5%
2017-04-12 08:30 AM Feb 5%




UK Unemployment Rate Steady At 11-Year Low Of 4.8%


UK jobless rate remained at 4.8 percent in the three months to November of 2016, the same as in the previous period and in line with market expectations. The employment rate held at an all-time high of 74.5 percent and wages grew at a faster pace while the number of people in work fell by 9,000.

There were 1.60 million unemployed people, 52,000 fewer than for June to August 2016 and 81,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 883,000 unemployed men, 8,000 fewer than for June to August 2016 and 41,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 721,000 unemployed women, 44,000 fewer than for June to August 2016 and 40,000 fewer than for a year earlier.

31.80 million people in work, 9,000 less than in June to August 2016 but 294,000 more than for a year earlier. 23.25 million were working full-time, 209,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.55 million people working part-time, 86,000 more than for a year earlier.

The employment rate  was 74.5 percent, virtually unchanged compared with June to August 2016 but higher than for a year earlier (74 percent). 

There were 8.89 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive, 85,000 more than for June to August 2016 but 63,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate was 21.7 percent, higher than for June to August 2016 (21.5 percent) but lower than for a year earlier (21.9 percent).

Average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in nominal terms (that is, not adjusted for price inflation) increased by 2.8% including bonuses and by 2.7% excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
1/18/2017 9:47:10 AM



United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.80 4.80 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30585.00 30548.00 30585.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 797.80 809.00 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8560.00 8557.00 8583.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23202.00 23242.00 23253.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.40 74.50 74.50 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change -10.10 1.30 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.30 78.30 78.50 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.40 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.80 12.80 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 102.40 102.00 102.40 44.60 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 102.80 102.00 102.80 20.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 748.00 755.00 763.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 507.00 506.00 507.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.80 2.60 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 587.00 589.00 589.00 362.00 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 31.90 32.10 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 0.20 0.50 0.80 -1.00 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 January of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.80 4.80 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2016 percent Monthly



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Brunei 6.90 Dec/14
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Togo 6.90 Dec/13
Haiti 6.80 Dec/14
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Ecuador 6.70 Sep/16
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Chile 6.20 Nov/16
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Pakistan 5.90 Dec/15
Australia 5.80 Dec/16
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Netherlands 5.40 Dec/16
Russia 5.40 Nov/16
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Czech Republic 5.20 Dec/16
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Azerbaijan 5.00 Dec/15
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India 4.90 Dec/13
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United Kingdom 4.80 Nov/16
Philippines 4.70 Dec/16
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Israel 4.60 Nov/16
Hungary 4.50 Nov/16
Sri Lanka 4.50 Sep/16
Trinidad and Tobago 4.40 Jun/16
Bangladesh 4.30 Dec/14
Denmark 4.20 Nov/16
Seychelles 4.20 Dec/15
United Arab Emirates 4.20 Dec/12
Germany 4.10 Nov/16
North Korea 4.10 Dec/14
China 4.04 Sep/16
Myanmar 4.02 Dec/13
Cameroon 4.00 Dec/13
Taiwan 3.84 Nov/16
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Bahrain 3.70 Dec/12
Switzerland 3.50 Dec/16
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Hong Kong 3.30 Dec/16
Sierra Leone 3.30 Dec/14
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Japan 3.10 Nov/16
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Iceland 2.90 Nov/16
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