United Kingdom Unemployment Rate 1971-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom decreased to 6.20 percent in July of 2014 from 6.40 percent in June of 2014. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.26 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.

   
 
 

United Kingdom Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.20 6.40 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 Wednesday, October 1, 2014.


UK Unemployment Rate Down to Nearly 6-Year Low


The UK jobless rate continued to fall, reaching 6.2 percent in the three months to July of 2014, the lowest since late 2008. Yet, employment increased at its slowest pace in more than a year.

In August of 2014, the number of people claiming for unemployment benefits went down by 37,200 from July and fell by 423,600 from a year earlier.

In the period May to July 2014, there were 2.02 million unemployed people, 146,000 fewer than for February to April 2014 and 468,000 fewer than a year earlier. This is the largest annual fall in unemployment since 1988.

There were 30.61 million people in work. This was 74,000 more than for February to April 2014, the smallest quarterly increase since April to June 2013. Comparing May to July 2014 with a year earlier, there were 774,000 more people in work.

The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work, was 73.0 percent, slightly higher than for February to April 2014 (72.9 percent) and higher than for a year earlier (71.6 percent).

There were 8.93 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 114,000 more than for February to April 2014 but 31,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The economic inactivity rate was 22.1 percent, higher than for February to April 2014 (21.8 percent) but lower than for a year earlier (22.3 percent).

Pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain was 0.6 percent higher than a year earlier. Pay excluding bonuses for employees in Great Britain was 0.7 percent higher than a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
9/17/2014 9:52:47 AM


Recent Releases

UK Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.4%
UK jobless rate continued to fall, reaching 6.4% for April to June 2014, the lowest since late 2008 while the number of people claiming unemployment benefits declined more-than-expected in July. Published on 2014-08-13

UK Unemployment Rate Drops Further
In the three months to May 2014, the UK’s jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent from 6.6 percent in the previous period, the lowest since late 2008. While employment continued to rise, pay growth increased less than expected. Published on 2014-07-16


Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-06-11 09:30 AM United Kingdom
Unemployment Rate
Apr 2014 6.6% 6.8% 6.7% 6.8%
2014-07-16 09:30 AM United Kingdom
Unemployment Rate
May 2014 6.5% 6.6% 6.5% 6.6%
2014-08-13 09:30 AM United Kingdom
Unemployment Rate
Jun 2014 6.4% 6.5% 6.4% 6.4%
2014-09-17 09:30 AM United Kingdom
Unemployment Rate
Jul 2014 6.2% 6.4% 6.3% 6.4%
2014-10-15 09:30 AM United Kingdom
Unemployment Rate
Aug 2014 6.2% 6.1%


Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.20 6.40 12.00 3.40 Percent [+]
Employed Persons 29507.00 29506.00 29533.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change -37.20 -37.40 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 966.50 1003.70 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 656.00 653.00 694.00 430.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.50 2.60 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 17.90 18.30 22.20 9.70 Percent [+]
Productivity 100.40 100.40 105.00 32.90 Index Points [+]
Wages 477.00 478.00 485.00 306.00 GBP [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 568.00 563.00 568.00 362.00 GBP [+]
Labour Costs 104.90 104.70 105.70 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 1301.30 1251.05 1315.00 902.00 EUR [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.10 Aug/14 6.40 10.90 4.00 Percent [+]
Brazil 5.00 Aug/14 4.90 13.10 4.30 Percent [+]
Canada 7.00 Aug/14 7.00 13.10 2.90 Percent [+]
China 4.10 Jun/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 Percent [+]
Euro Area 11.50 Aug/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 Percent [+]
France 10.20 May/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 Percent [+]
Germany 4.90 Aug/14 4.90 14.20 0.40 Percent [+]
India 5.20 Dec/12 6.30 9.40 5.20 Percent [+]
Indonesia 5.70 Feb/14 6.17 11.24 2.00 Percent [+]
Italy 12.30 Aug/14 12.60 12.80 5.90 Percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Aug/14 3.80 5.60 1.00 Percent [+]
Mexico 5.18 Aug/14 5.47 5.93 2.22 Percent [+]
Netherlands 8.00 Aug/14 8.20 8.80 3.40 Percent [+]
Russia 4.80 Aug/14 4.90 14.10 4.80 Percent [+]
South Korea 3.50 Aug/14 3.40 7.10 2.90 Percent [+]
Spain 24.47 May/14 25.93 26.94 4.41 Percent [+]
Switzerland 3.00 Aug/14 2.90 5.40 1.60 Percent [+]
Turkey 9.10 Jun/14 8.80 16.10 8.00 Percent [+]
United Kingdom 6.20 Jul/14 6.40 12.00 3.40 Percent [+]
United States 6.10 Aug/14 6.20 10.80 2.50 Percent [+]





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