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

British jobless rate came in at 5.1 percent in the three months to February of 2016, the same as in the previous three periods, staying at the lowest in nearly ten years. Figures came in line with market expectations although the number of people unemployed rose for the first time since mid-2015 and employment rise was the weakest since June. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.17 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
5.10 5.10 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 May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-02-17 09:30 AM Dec 5.1% 5.1% 5% 5%
2016-03-16 09:30 AM Jan 5.1% 5.1% 5.1% 5.1%
2016-04-20 08:30 AM Feb 5.1% 5.1% 5.1% 5.1%
2016-05-18 08:30 AM Mar 5.1% 5.1%
2016-06-15 08:30 AM Apr 5.1%
2016-07-20 08:30 AM May 5.2%

UK Unemployment Rate Steady at 5.1%


British jobless rate came in at 5.1 percent in the three months to February of 2016, the same as in the previous three periods, staying at the lowest in nearly ten years. Figures came in line with market expectations although the number of people unemployed increased for the first time since mid-2015 and the employment gain was the weakest since June.

There were 1.70 million unemployed people, 21,000 more than for September to November 2015 but 142,000 fewer than for a year earlier. 

There were 31.41 million people in work, 20,000 more than for September to November 2015 and 360,000 more than for a year earlier. 22.98 million people working full-time, 289,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.43 million people working part-time, 71,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate was 74.1 percent, the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971. 

There were 8.87 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 121,000 fewer than for a year earlier and the lowest since May to July 2003. The inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive) was 21.7 percent, the joint lowest since comparable records began in 1971. 

Average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain increased by 1.8 percent including bonuses and by 2.2 percent excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/20/2016 9:42:36 AM

United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.10 5.10 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30239.00 30219.00 30239.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 732.10 716.70 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8432.00 8476.00 8476.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 22977.00 22942.00 22984.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.10 74.10 74.10 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change 6.70 -28.40 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.30 78.20 78.30 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.50 1.80 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.20 13.40 22.40 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 102.50 102.20 102.60 34.00 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 101.60 101.50 104.80 6.00 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 751.00 768.00 776.00 429.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 491.00 497.00 497.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.20 2.10 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 574.00 578.00 578.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Minimum Wages 6.70 6.50 6.70 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 1300.00 1320.00 1320.00 1160.00 GBP/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 2170.00 2150.00 2170.00 2040.00 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 32.10 32.20 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change -1.00 0.60 0.80 -1.00 percent [+]




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