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

British unemployment rate decreased to 5 percent in the three months to April of 2016 from 5.1 percent in the previous five periods. It is the lowest figure since October of 2005 as the number of unemployed fell to a 7-year low, the employment rate remained a record high and pay growth picked up. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.16 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
5.00 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 June of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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% 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 5% 5.2%
2016-08-17 08:30 AM Jun 5.2%
2016-09-14 08:30 AM Jul 5.2%

UK Unemployment Rate at 10-Year Low


British unemployment rate decreased to 5 percent in the three months to April of 2016 from 5.1 percent in the previous five periods. It is the lowest figure since October of 2005 as the number of unemployed fell to a 7-year low, the employment rate remained a record high 74.2 percent and pay growth picked up.

There were 1.67 million unemployed people, 20,000 fewer than for the 3 months to January 2016, 148,000 fewer than for a year earlier and the lowest since March to May 2008. There were 892,000 unemployed men, 113,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 779,000 unemployed women, 35,000 fewer than for a year earlier. 

31.59 million people were working, 55,000 more than for the 3 months to January 2016 and 461,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 23.10 million people working full-time, 304,000 more than for a year earlier. 8.50 million people were working part-time, 157,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate was 74.2 percent, the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971. 

There were 8.92 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive, 9,000 fewer than for the 3 months to January 2016 and 124,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate was 21.8 percent, unchanged compared with the 3 months to January 2016 but lower than for a year earlier (22.2 percent). 

Average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in nominal terms increased by 2.0 percent including bonuses and by 2.3 percent excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
6/15/2016 9:51:00 AM

United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.00 5.10 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30410.00 30395.00 30410.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 746.10 737.80 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8498.00 8462.00 8498.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23096.00 23116.00 23116.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.20 74.20 74.20 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change -0.40 -2.40 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.20 78.30 78.30 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.50 1.50 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.20 13.20 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 749.00 745.00 776.00 429.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 503.00 499.00 503.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 580.00 579.00 580.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.30 2.00 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]
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 [+]
Living Wage Family 1270.00 1310.00 1310.00 1270.00 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 860.00 872.00 872.00 860.00 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 32.10 32.20 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 0.10 -1.00 0.80 -1.00 percent [+]




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