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

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom was unchanged at 6 percent in the three months to September of 2014. 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
6.00 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, November 27, 2014.


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.

There were 30.79 million people in work. This was 112,000 more than for April to June 2014 and 694,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate was 73.0 percent, higher than for April to June 2014 (72.8 percent) and higher than for a year earlier (71.6 percent). There were 22.52 million people working full-time, 589,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.27 million people working part-time, 105,000 more than for a year earlier.

There were 1.96 million unemployed people, 115,000 fewer than for April to June 2014 and 529,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 9.03 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work. This was 38,000 more than for April to June 2014 but 16,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The economic inactivity rate was 22.2 percent, little changed compared to April to June 2014 (22.1 percent) and compared to a year earlier (22.3 percent).

Pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain was 1.0 percent higher than a year earlier. Pay excluding bonuses for employees in Great Britain was 1.3 percent higher than a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
11/12/2014 9:52:21 AM


Recent Releases

UK Unemployment Rate Beats Expectations
The UK jobless rate fell for the seventh straight time to 6 percent in the three months to August of 2014. While the number of unemployment persons posted the largest annual drop on record, employment grew at its slowest pace in more than a year. Published on 2014-10-15

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. Published on 2014-09-17


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-09-17 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Jul 2014
6.2% 6.4% 6.3% 6.4%
2014-10-15 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Aug 2014
6.0% 6.2% 6.1% 6%
2014-11-12 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Sep 2014
6.0% 6.0% 5.9% 5.98%
2014-12-17 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Oct 2014
6.0% 5.8%
2015-01-21 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Nov 2014
5.7%


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.00 6.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 29674.00 29653.00 29674.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change -20.40 -18.40 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 931.70 952.10 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 687.00 680.00 694.00 430.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.30 2.50 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 16.00 15.90 22.20 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 100.40 100.20 105.00 32.90 Index Points [+]
Wages 481.00 479.00 485.00 306.00 GBP [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 566.00 563.00 568.00 362.00 GBP [+]
Labour Costs 103.10 103.00 105.70 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 6.20 Oct/14 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 4.70 Oct/14 4.90 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.50 Oct/14 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Sep/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.50 Sep/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.20 May/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 5.00 Sep/14 5.00 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 12.60 Sep/14 12.50 12.80 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.60 Sep/14 3.50 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.78 Oct/14 5.08 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 8.00 Oct/14 8.00 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.10 Oct/14 4.90 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.50 Oct/14 3.50 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.67 Aug/14 24.47 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.10 Oct/14 3.00 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.10 Aug/14 9.80 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 6.00 Sep/14 6.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.80 Oct/14 5.90 10.80 2.50 percent [+]