United Kingdom Unemployment Rate  1971-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

UK unemployment rate held at an almost 12-year low of 4.7 percent in the three months to February 2017, in line with market expectations. The employment rate stood at an all-time high of 74.6 percent as the number of people in work rose by 39 thousand. Meanwhile, total pay adjusted for price inflation rose by 0.2 percent from the previous year, the smallest gain since the three months to October 2014. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.12 percent from 1971 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 12 percent in February of 1984 and a record low of 3.40 percent in November of 1973.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-02-15 09:30 AM Dec 4.8% 4.8% 4.8% 4.8%
2017-03-15 09:30 AM Jan 4.7% 4.8% 4.8% 4.8%
2017-04-12 08:30 AM Feb 4.7% 4.7% 4.7% 4.7%
2017-05-17 08:30 AM Mar 4.7% 5.1%
2017-06-14 08:30 AM Apr 5.1%
2017-07-12 08:30 AM May 5.1%




UK Unemployment Rate Steady At Near 12-Year Low


UK unemployment rate held at an almost 12-year low of 4.7 percent in the three months to February 2017, in line with market expectations. The employment rate stood at an all-time high of 74.6 percent as the number of people in work rose by 39 thousand.

Estimates from the Labour Force Survey show that, between September to November 2016 and the three months to February 2017, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people fell, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also fell.

There were 1.56 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 45,000 fewer than for September to November 2016 and 141,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, down from 5.1 percent for a year earlier. It was the lowest jobless rate since July to September 2005. The unemployment rate is the proportion of the labour force (those in work plus those unemployed) that were unemployed.

There were 31.84 million people in work, 39,000 more than for September to November 2016 and 312,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.6 percent, the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 8.88 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 10,000 fewer than for September to November 2016 and 36,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive) was 21.6 percent, slightly lower than for September to November 2016 (21.7 percent) and for a year earlier (21.8 percent).

Average weekly earnings for employees in nominal terms increased by 2.3 percent including bonuses, and by 2.2 percent excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier. In real terms (that is, adjusted for price inflation), average weekly earnings increased by 0.2 percent including bonuses, and by 0.1 percent excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
4/12/2017 8:53:56 AM



United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.70 4.70 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30668.00 30645.00 30668.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 765.40 739.90 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8444.00 8516.00 8583.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23397.00 23338.00 23397.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.60 74.60 74.60 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change 25.50 -6.10 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.40 78.40 78.50 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.30 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.90 12.10 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Labour Costs 102.60 103.00 103.00 20.70 Index Points [+]
Productivity 102.30 101.90 102.30 44.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 767.00 761.00 767.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 509.00 508.00 509.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 592.00 592.00 592.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.30 2.30 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.50 7.20 7.50 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Population 65.38 64.88 65.38 52.20 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 63.50 63.00 63.50 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1190.00 1220.00 1260.00 1160.00 GBP/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 2140.00 2190.00 2190.00 2040.00 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Family 1152.50 1141.20 1360.00 1006.10 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1043.60 1019.80 1043.60 878.80 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 32.40 32.30 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 0.10 0.20 0.80 -0.90 percent [+]


United Kingdom Unemployment Rate Notes

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 April of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.70 4.70 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2017 percent Monthly



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Rwanda 13.20 Feb/16
Serbia 13.00 Dec/16
Turkey 13.00 Jan/17
Cyprus 12.90 Feb/17
Jamaica 12.90 Sep/16
Mauritania 12.85 Dec/14
Iran 12.70 Sep/16
Egypt 12.40 Dec/16
Georgia 12.00 Dec/15
South Sudan 12.00 Dec/08
Maldives 11.60 Dec/14
Italy 11.50 Feb/17
Puerto Rico 11.30 Feb/17
Zimbabwe 11.30 Dec/14
East Timor 11.00 Dec/13
Slovenia 10.90 Feb/17
Uzbekistan 10.70 Dec/13
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Portugal 10.50 Dec/16
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Belize 10.10 Dec/15
France 10.00 Dec/16
Turkmenistan 10.00 Dec/15
Ukraine 10.00 Dec/16
Colombia 9.70 Mar/17
Finland 9.60 Mar/17
Costa Rica 9.50 Dec/16
Euro Area 9.50 Feb/17
Morocco 9.40 Dec/16
Latvia 9.30 Dec/16
Austria 8.90 Mar/17
Suriname 8.90 Dec/15
Mongolia 8.60 Dec/16
Lithuania 8.30 Mar/17
Mali 8.20 Dec/14
Uruguay 8.20 Feb/17
Poland 8.10 Mar/17
Bulgaria 8.00 Mar/17
European Union 8.00 Feb/17
Slovakia 8.00 Mar/17
Fiji 7.90 Dec/14
Burundi 7.70 Dec/12
Peru 7.70 Mar/17
Argentina 7.60 Dec/16
Central African Republic 7.60 Dec/12
Guinea Bissau 7.60 Dec/13
Bolivia 7.40 Dec/13
Paraguay 7.40 Dec/16
Honduras 7.30 Dec/15
Venezuela 7.30 Apr/16
Oman 7.20 Dec/14
Togo 7.10 Dec/14
Belgium 7.00 Feb/17
Comoros 7.00 Dec/12
El Salvador 7.00 Dec/15
Brunei 6.90 Dec/14
Haiti 6.80 Dec/14
Nicaragua 6.80 Dec/14
Sweden 6.80 Mar/17
Canada 6.70 Mar/17
Swaziland 6.70 Dec/13
Burkina Faso 6.60 Dec/14
Chile 6.60 Mar/17
Estonia 6.60 Dec/16
Malawi 6.60 Dec/13
Mauritius 6.60 Dec/16
Philippines 6.60 Mar/17
Ireland 6.40 Mar/17
Lebanon 6.40 Dec/14
Luxembourg 6.00 Mar/17
Pakistan 5.90 Dec/15
Australia 5.88 Mar/17
Saudi Arabia 5.70 Sep/16
Indonesia 5.61 Sep/16
Cayman Islands 5.60 Dec/15
Chad 5.60 Dec/13
Panama 5.60 Dec/16
Romania 5.40 Feb/17
Russia 5.40 Mar/17
Ivory Coast 5.30 Dec/13
Ecuador 5.20 Dec/16
Ghana 5.20 Dec/13
New Zealand 5.20 Dec/16
Netherlands 5.10 Mar/17
Azerbaijan 5.00 Dec/15
India 4.90 Dec/13
Kazakhstan 4.90 Mar/17
Czech Republic 4.80 Mar/17
United Kingdom 4.70 Feb/17
Hungary 4.50 Mar/17
Seychelles 4.50 Dec/16
United States 4.50 Mar/17
Trinidad and Tobago 4.40 Jun/16
Bangladesh 4.30 Dec/14
Denmark 4.30 Mar/17
Norway 4.30 Feb/17
Israel 4.20 Mar/17
Malta 4.20 Dec/16
Sri Lanka 4.20 Dec/16
United Arab Emirates 4.20 Dec/12
North Korea 4.10 Dec/14
Myanmar 4.02 Dec/13
Cameroon 4.00 Dec/13
China 3.97 Mar/17
Germany 3.90 Feb/17
Taiwan 3.84 Mar/17
Liberia 3.80 Dec/14
Moldova 3.80 Dec/16
Uganda 3.80 Dec/13
Bahrain 3.70 Dec/12
South Korea 3.70 Mar/17
Malaysia 3.50 Feb/17
Switzerland 3.40 Mar/17
Sierra Leone 3.30 Dec/14
Hong Kong 3.20 Mar/17
Mexico 3.19 Mar/17
Guatemala 3.10 Jun/16
Iceland 3.10 Feb/17
Nepal 3.00 Dec/14
Japan 2.80 Mar/17
Bhutan 2.50 Dec/16
Papua New Guinea 2.50 Dec/14
Cuba 2.40 Dec/15
Liechtenstein 2.40 Dec/15
Singapore 2.30 Mar/17
Tajikistan 2.30 Dec/16
Niger 2.25 Dec/08
Kuwait 2.20 Dec/15
Kyrgyzstan 2.20 Jan/17
Vietnam 2.11 Dec/16
Macau 2.00 Mar/17
Guinea 1.70 Dec/13
Laos 1.40 Dec/14
Thailand 1.30 Mar/17
Madagascar 1.20 Dec/12
Benin 1.00 Dec/13
Belarus 0.90 Feb/17
Cambodia 0.50 Dec/15
Qatar 0.20 Sep/16