United Kingdom Unemployment Rate 1971-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom decreased to 5.80 percent in the three months to November of 2014 from 6 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.

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United Kingdom Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.80 6.00 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 Thursday, January 29, 2015.


UK Unemployment Rate at 6-1/2-Year Low


British jobless rate decreased to 5.8 percent in the three months to November, the lowest since July of 2008. Weekly wages rose above the inflation rate for the second straight month.

From September to November, there were 1.91 million unemployed people. This was 58,000 fewer than for June to August 2014, the smallest quarterly fall since July to September 2013. Comparing September to November 2014 with a year earlier, there were 418,000 fewer unemployed people.

There were 30.80 million people in work. This was 37,000 more than for June to August 2014, the smallest quarterly increase since March to May 2013. Comparing September to November 2014 with a year earlier, there were 512,000 more people in work. The employment rate was 73.0 percent, unchanged from June to August 2014 but higher than for a year earlier (72.0 percent).

There were 9.09 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 66,000 more than for June to August 2014 and 41,000 more than for a year earlier.

The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (the inactivity rate) was 22.4 percent, slightly higher than for June to August 2014 (22.2 percent) and for a year earlier (22.3 percent).

Comparing September to November 2014 with a year earlier, pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 1.7 percent including bonuses and by 1.8 percent excluding bonuses.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
1/21/2015 9:45:16 AM


Recent Releases

UK Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 6%
British jobless rate remained steady at 6 percent in three months to October while weekly wages rose 1.6 percent, above the inflation rate for the first time since 2009. Published on 2014-12-17

UK Unemployment Rate Steady at 6%
British jobless rate was unchanged at 6 percent in the three months to September of 2014 but wage growth increased more than expected, surpassing inflation. The claimant count for October fell by 20.4 thousand. Published on 2014-11-12


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-11-12 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Sep
6.0% 6.0% 5.9% 5.98%
2014-12-17 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Oct
6.0% 6.0% 5.9% 5.8%
2015-01-21 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Nov
5.8% 6% 5.9% 5.8%
2015-02-18 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Dec
5.8% 5.7%
2015-03-18 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
5.5%
2015-04-17 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
5.4%


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.80 6.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 29668.00 29655.00 29674.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change -29.70 -29.60 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 867.70 897.40 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 700.00 695.00 700.00 430.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.30 2.50 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 16.30 16.00 22.20 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 100.40 100.00 101.40 34.00 Index Points [+]
Wages 483.00 484.00 485.00 306.00 GBP [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 566.00 565.00 568.00 362.00 GBP [+]
Labour Costs 104.20 103.60 105.70 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 6.50 6.31 6.50 5.05 GBP [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.10 Dec/14 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 4.30 Dec/14 4.80 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.70 Dec/14 6.70 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Nov/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.50 Nov/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Aug/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.80 Dec/14 4.90 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 5.20 Dec/12 6.30 9.40 5.20 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 13.40 Nov/14 13.30 13.40 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Nov/14 3.50 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.76 Dec/14 4.53 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 8.10 Dec/14 8.00 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.30 Dec/14 5.20 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.50 Dec/14 3.40 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.70 Nov/14 23.67 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.40 Dec/14 3.20 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.40 Oct/14 10.50 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.80 Nov/14 6.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.60 Dec/14 5.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]