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

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom remained unchanged at 5.50 percent in April of 2015 from 5.50 percent in March 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.

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United Kingdom Unemployment Rate
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.50 5.50 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. Content for - United Kingdom Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-04-17 09:30 AM Feb 5.6% 5.7% 5.6% 5.7%
2015-05-13 09:30 AM Mar 5.5% 5.6% 5.5% 5.6%
2015-06-17 09:30 AM Apr 5.5% 5.5% 5.5% 5.5%
2015-07-15 09:30 AM May 5.5% 5.5%
2015-08-12 09:30 AM Jun 5.5%
2015-09-16 09:30 AM Jul 5.5%


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.

There were 1.81 million unemployed people. This was 43,000 fewer than for the 3 months to January 2015 and 349,000 fewer than for a year earlier.

There were 31.05 million people in work, 114,000 more than for the 3 months to January 2015 and 424,000 more than for a year earlier. 22.74 million people were working full-time, 362,000 more than for a year earlier while 8.31 million were working part-time, 63,000 more than for a year earlier.

Wages including bonuses rose 2.7 percent, following an upwardly revised 2.3 percent increase in the previous period, the biggest gain since August of 2011. Excluding bonuses, wages also rose 2.7 percent, the strongest pace since February of 2009.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits (claimant count) declined by a seasonally adjusted 6,500 in May, much lower than market forecasts.

There were 9.02 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work (known as economically inactive), 10,000 fewer than for the 3 months to January 2015 but 60,000 more than for a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
6/17/2015 9:55:29 AM


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United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.50 5.50 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 29887.00 29902.00 29902.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change -6.50 -7.80 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 791.80 798.30 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 734.00 733.00 745.00 430.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.90 2.10 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 15.70 15.60 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 101.10 100.90 101.40 34.00 Index Points [+]
Wages 493.00 488.58 493.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 572.00 566.00 572.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Labour Costs 103.80 104.80 104.80 6.00 Index Points [+]
Population 64.60 63.90 64.60 52.37 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 62.33 62.00 62.33 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Minimum Wages 6.50 6.31 6.50 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 2.70 2.30 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.00 May/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.70 May/15 6.40 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 May/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Mar/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.10 May/15 11.10 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Mar/15 10.40 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 May/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 12.40 May/15 12.40 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 May/15 3.30 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.45 May/15 4.31 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.90 May/15 7.00 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.60 May/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.90 May/15 3.70 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Mar/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.10 Jun/15 3.20 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.60 Mar/15 11.20 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.50 Apr/15 5.50 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.30 Jun/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]