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

The unemployment rate in the United Kingdom fell to 4.9 percent in the three months to May of 2016 from 5 percent in the previous period. It is the lowest figure since October of 2005 and better than market expectations of 5 percent. The number of unemployed reached the lowest since 2008, the employment rate increased to a fresh record high of 74.4 percent while earnings rose almost in line with expectations. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.15 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
4.90 5.00 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 July of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-05-18 08:30 AM Mar 5.1% 5.1% 5.1% 5.1%
2016-06-15 08:30 AM Apr 5% 5.1% 5.1% 5.1%
2016-07-20 08:30 AM May 4.9% 5% 5% 5%
2016-08-17 08:30 AM Jun 4.9% 5%
2016-09-14 08:30 AM Jul 5.2%
2016-10-19 08:30 AM Aug 5.1%

UK Unemployment Rate Down to 11-Year Low of 4.9%


The unemployment rate in the UK declined to 4.9 percent in the three months to May, the lowest figure since October of 2005. The number of unemployed reached the lowest since 2008, the employment rate increased to a fresh record high of 74.4 percent while earnings rose almost in line with expectations.

There were 1.65 million unemployed people, 54,000 fewer than for the 3 months to February 2016, 201,000 fewer than for a year earlier and the lowest since March to May 2008.

There were 31.70 million people in work, 176,000 more than for the 3 months to February 2016 and 624,000 more than for a year earlier. 23.19 million were working full-time, 401,000 more than for a year earlier; 8.52 million were working part-time, 223,000 more than for a year earlier. As a result, the employment rate was 74.4%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 8.87 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive, 46,000 fewer than for the 3 months to February 2016 and 181,000 fewer than for a year earlier. Thus, the inactivity rate was 21.6 percent, the lowest since comparable records began in 1971.

Average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in nominal terms increased by 2.3 percent including bonuses and by 2.2 percent excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
7/20/2016 9:46:59 AM

United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.90 5.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30498.00 30410.00 30498.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 759.10 746.10 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8517.00 8498.00 8517.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23188.00 23096.00 23188.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.40 74.20 74.40 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change 0.40 12.20 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.40 78.20 78.40 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.40 1.50 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.30 13.20 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 101.50 101.00 102.20 44.60 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 101.20 100.80 101.20 64.80 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 747.00 748.00 763.00 429.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 502.00 503.00 503.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 586.00 582.00 586.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.30 2.00 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]
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 32.10 32.10 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 0.10 -1.00 0.80 -1.00 percent [+]




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