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

UK unemployment rate held at an 11-year low of 4.8 percent in the period between October and December 2016, in line with market expectations. The employment rate hit a new all-time high of 74.6 percent as the number of people in work rose by 37 thousand while wage growth slowed. 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)
2016-12-14 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% 4.8% 4.8% 4.8%
2017-03-15 09:30 AM Jan 4.8% 5%
2017-04-12 08:30 AM Feb 5%
2017-05-17 08:30 AM Mar 5.1%




UK Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 11-Year Low


UK unemployment rate held at an 11-year low of 4.8 percent in the period between October and December 2016, in line with market expectations. The employment rate hit a new all-time high of 74.6 percent as the number of people in work rose by 37 thousand while wage growth slowed.

Estimates from the Labour Force Survey show that, between July to September 2016 and October to December 2016, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people was little changed, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) decreased.

There were 1.60 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), little changed compared with July to September 2016 but 97,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 877,000 unemployed men, little changed compared with July to September 2016 but 48,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 720,000 unemployed women, little changed compared with July to September 2016 but 50,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, down from 5.1 percent for a year earlier. It has not been lower since July to September 2005. The unemployment rate is the proportion of the labour force (those in work plus those unemployed) that were unemployed.

There were 31.84 million people in work, 37,000 more than for July to September 2016 and 302,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 23.29 million people working full-time, 218,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.55 million people working part-time, 84,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.6 percent, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 8.86 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 31,000 fewer than for July to September 2016 and 61,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive) was 21.6 percent, slightly lower than for July to September 2016 (21.7 percent) and lower than for a year earlier (21.8 percent).

Latest estimates show that average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in nominal terms (that is, not adjusted for price inflation) increased by 2.6 percent, both including and excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
2/15/2017 9:55:22 AM



United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.80 4.80 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30635.00 30585.00 30635.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 745.00 787.40 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8550.00 8551.00 8583.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23287.00 23251.00 23287.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.60 74.50 74.60 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change -42.40 -20.50 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.40 78.30 78.50 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.30 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.40 12.60 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Labour Costs 102.80 102.00 102.80 20.70 Index Points [+]
Productivity 102.40 102.00 102.40 44.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 751.00 748.00 763.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 507.00 509.00 509.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 586.00 587.00 588.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.60 2.80 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.20 7.20 7.20 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Population 65.38 64.88 65.38 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 [+]
Living Wage Family 1152.50 1141.20 1360.00 1006.10 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1043.60 1019.80 1043.60 878.80 GBP/Month [+]
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 [+]
Average Weekly Hours 32.10 31.90 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 February 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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Puerto Rico 12.10 Dec/16
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Georgia 12.00 Dec/15
Italy 12.00 Dec/16
South Sudan 12.00 Dec/08
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Zimbabwe 11.30 Dec/14
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Finland 9.20 Jan/17
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European Union 8.20 Dec/16
Mali 8.20 Dec/14
Bulgaria 8.00 Dec/16
Fiji 7.90 Dec/14
Burundi 7.70 Dec/12
Uruguay 7.70 Dec/16
Belgium 7.60 Dec/16
Central African Republic 7.60 Dec/12
Guinea Bissau 7.60 Dec/13
Mauritius 7.60 Sep/16
Bolivia 7.40 Dec/13
Honduras 7.30 Dec/15
Sweden 7.30 Jan/17
Venezuela 7.30 Apr/16
Oman 7.20 Dec/14
Peru 7.20 Jan/17
Comoros 7.00 Dec/12
El Salvador 7.00 Dec/14
Brunei 6.90 Dec/14
Paraguay 6.90 Sep/16
Togo 6.90 Dec/13
Canada 6.80 Jan/17
Haiti 6.80 Dec/14
Ireland 6.80 Jan/17
Nicaragua 6.80 Dec/14
Swaziland 6.70 Dec/13
Burkina Faso 6.60 Dec/14
Estonia 6.60 Dec/16
Malawi 6.60 Dec/13
Lebanon 6.40 Dec/14
Luxembourg 6.20 Jan/17
Chile 6.10 Dec/16
Pakistan 5.90 Dec/15
Australia 5.70 Jan/17
Saudi Arabia 5.70 Sep/16
Indonesia 5.61 Sep/16
Cayman Islands 5.60 Dec/15
Chad 5.60 Dec/13
Panama 5.60 Dec/16
Russia 5.60 Jan/17
Romania 5.50 Dec/16
Czech Republic 5.30 Jan/17
Ivory Coast 5.30 Dec/13
Netherlands 5.30 Jan/17
Ecuador 5.20 Dec/16
Ghana 5.20 Dec/13
New Zealand 5.20 Dec/16
Azerbaijan 5.00 Dec/15
India 4.90 Dec/13
Kazakhstan 4.90 Jan/17
Malta 4.80 Sep/16
United Kingdom 4.80 Dec/16
United States 4.80 Jan/17
Philippines 4.70 Dec/16
Sri Lanka 4.50 Sep/16
Hungary 4.40 Dec/16
Norway 4.40 Dec/16
Trinidad and Tobago 4.40 Jun/16
Bangladesh 4.30 Dec/14
Denmark 4.30 Dec/16
Israel 4.30 Jan/17
Seychelles 4.20 Dec/15
United Arab Emirates 4.20 Dec/12
North Korea 4.10 Dec/14
China 4.02 Dec/16
Myanmar 4.02 Dec/13
Cameroon 4.00 Dec/13
Germany 3.90 Dec/16
Taiwan 3.84 Jan/17
Liberia 3.80 Dec/14
Uganda 3.80 Dec/13
Bahrain 3.70 Dec/12
Switzerland 3.70 Jan/17
Iceland 3.60 Jan/17
South Korea 3.60 Jan/17
Malaysia 3.50 Dec/16
Mexico 3.40 Dec/16
Hong Kong 3.30 Jan/17
Sierra Leone 3.30 Dec/14
Guatemala 3.10 Jun/16
Japan 3.10 Dec/16
Nepal 3.00 Dec/14
Moldova 2.90 Sep/16
Bhutan 2.50 Dec/16
Papua New Guinea 2.50 Dec/14
Cuba 2.40 Dec/15
Liechtenstein 2.40 Dec/15
Tajikistan 2.40 Nov/16
Niger 2.25 Dec/08
Kuwait 2.20 Dec/15
Kyrgyzstan 2.20 Dec/16
Singapore 2.20 Dec/16
Vietnam 2.14 Sep/16
Macau 1.90 Dec/16
Guinea 1.70 Dec/13
Laos 1.40 Dec/14
Madagascar 1.20 Dec/12
Thailand 1.20 Jan/17
Benin 1.00 Dec/13
Belarus 0.90 Feb/17
Cambodia 0.50 Dec/15
Qatar 0.20 Sep/16