United Kingdom Unemployment Rate 1971-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom remained unchanged at 5.60 percent in June from 5.60 percent in May of 2015. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.23 percent from 1971 until 2015, 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
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.60 5.60 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2015 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. Content for - United Kingdom Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-06-17 09:30 AM Apr 5.5% 5.5% 5.5% 5.5%
2015-07-15 09:30 AM May 5.6% 5.5% 5.5% 5.5%
2015-08-12 09:30 AM Jun 5.6% 5.6% 5.6% 5.5%
2015-09-16 09:30 AM Jul 5.6% 5.5%
2015-10-14 09:30 AM Aug 5.6%
2015-11-15 09:30 AM Sep 5.6%


UK Unemployment Rate Stable at 5.6%


The jobless rate in the UK remained unchanged at 5.6 percent in the three months to June 2015 while the number of jobless claims fell by an unexpectedly sharp 4,900.

Comparing April to June 2015 with a year earlier, pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.4% including bonuses and by 2.8% excluding bonuses.

There were 31.03 million people in work, 63,000 fewer than for January to March 2015 but 354,000 more than for a year earlier.

There were 22.76 million people working full-time, 352,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.27 million people working part-time, little changed compared with a year earlier.

The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 73.4%, little changed compared with January to March 2015 but higher than for a year earlier (72.8%).

There were 1.85 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 25,000 more than for January to March 2015 but 221,000 fewer than for a year earlier.

There were 1.01 million unemployed men, 130,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 838,000 unemployed women, 92,000 fewer than for a year earlier.

There were 8.99 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), little changed compared with January to March 2015 and with a year earlier.

The inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive) was 22.1%, little changed compared with January to March 2015 and with a year earlier.


Anna Fedec | anna@tradingeconomics.com
8/12/2015 12:14:16 PM


Recent Releases

UK Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.6%
The jobless rate in the UK increased to 5.6 percent in the three months to May 2015 from 5.5 percent in the previous period. It is the first increase since 2013 as employment fell and unemployment went up while wages grew below expectations.
Published on 2015-07-15

UK Unemployment Rate Steady at 5.5%
The jobless rate in the UK remained unchanged at 5.5 percent in the three months to April 2015, in line with market expectations. Employment continued to rise and wages posted the highest gain since the global financial crisis.
Published on 2015-06-17

UK Unemployment Rate Falls Further
The jobless rate in the UK decreased to 5.5 percent in the three months to March 2015 from 5.6 percent in the previous period. It is the lowest number since May-July 2008 as the employment rate reached the highest since records began in 1971.
Published on 2015-05-13

UK Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2008
British jobless rate decreased to 5.6 percent in the three months to February from 5.7 percent in the previous period. Employment increased at its fastest pace in nearly a year while pay growth rose well above inflation.
Published on 2015-04-17


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.60 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 29894.00 29852.00 29902.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change -4.90 0.20 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 792.40 804.20 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 735.00 726.00 744.00 429.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.80 1.90 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 15.90 15.70 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 101.10 100.90 101.40 34.00 Index Points [+]
Wages 488.00 492.00 494.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 573.00 567.00 573.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Labour Costs 103.80 104.80 104.80 6.00 Index Points [+]
Population 64.77 63.91 64.77 52.20 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 62.33 62.00 62.33 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Full Time Employment 22764.00 22718.00 22764.00 19136.00 Thousand Persons [+]
Minimum Wages 6.50 6.31 6.50 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Part Time Employment 8270.00 8264.00 8362.00 5995.00 Thousand Persons [+]
Wage Growth 2.40 3.20 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.30 Jul/15 6.00 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 7.50 Jul/15 6.90 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Jul/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.04 Jun/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 10.90 Jul/15 11.10 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Mar/15 10.40 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Jul/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.81 Mar/15 5.94 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.00 Jul/15 12.50 13.00 5.80 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 Jul/15 3.40 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.72 Jul/15 4.41 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.80 Jul/15 6.90 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.30 Jul/15 5.40 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Jul/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 22.37 Jun/15 23.78 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.10 Jul/15 3.10 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 9.30 May/15 9.60 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 Jun/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.30 Jul/15 5.30 10.80 2.50 percent [+]