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

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom decreased to 5.50 percent in the three months to March of 2015 from 5.60 percent in the previous period. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.24 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 5.60 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 - 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 Friday, May 22, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-03-18 09:30 AM Jan 5.7% 5.7% 5.6% 5.7%
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% 5.6%
2015-07-15 09:30 AM May 5.5%
2015-08-12 09:30 AM Jun 5.5%


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.

There were 1.83 million unemployed people. This was 35,000 fewer than for October to December 2014, the smallest quarterly fall since June to August 2013. Comparing January to March 2015 with a year earlier, there were 386,000 fewer unemployed people.

There were 31.10 million people in work, 202,000 more than for October to December 2014 and 564,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate was 73.5 percent, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.

Wages increased by 1.9 percent including bonuses and by 2.2 percent excluding bonuses, comparing with the same period a year earlier.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits (claimant count) declined by a seasonally adjusted 12,600 last month, compared to expectations for a decline of 20,000.

There were 8.98 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work, 69,000 fewer than for October to December 2014 but little changed compared with a year earlier. The inactivity rate was 22.1 percent, lower than for October to December 2014 (22.3 percent) but unchanged compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/13/2015 10:44:19 AM


Recent Releases

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

UK Unemployment Rate Stable at 5.7%
British jobless rate remained steady at 5.7 percent in the three months to January of 2015, the lowest since mid-2008. The employment rate reached a record high but pay growth slowed. Published on 2015-03-18


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.50 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 29902.00 29872.00 29902.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change -12.60 -16.70 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 763.80 776.40 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 733.00 745.00 745.00 430.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.90 2.10 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 15.40 15.60 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 100.90 100.60 101.40 34.00 Index Points [+]
Wages 488.58 483.51 488.58 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 566.00 563.00 571.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Labour Costs 104.80 104.30 104.80 6.00 Index Points [+]
Population 64.31 63.90 64.31 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 1.90 1.70 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.20 Apr/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.40 Apr/15 6.20 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Apr/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Feb/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Mar/15 11.30 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Mar/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 13.00 Mar/15 12.70 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.40 Mar/15 3.50 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.86 Mar/15 4.33 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.00 Apr/15 7.00 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.90 Mar/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Apr/15 3.70 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Feb/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.30 Apr/15 3.40 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.20 Feb/15 11.30 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.50 Mar/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.40 Apr/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]