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

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom increased to 5.60 percent in May from 5.50 percent in April 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 5.50 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. 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 Wednesday, August 5, 2015.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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 5.6% 5.5% 5.5% 5.5%
2015-08-12 09:30 AM Jun 5.6% 5.5%
2015-09-16 09:30 AM Jul 5.5%
2015-10-14 09:30 AM Aug 5.6%


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.

There were 1.85 million unemployed people. This was 15,000 more than for the 3 months to February 2015, the first quarterly increase since January to March 2013. Comparing March to May 2015 with a year earlier, there were 273,000 fewer unemployed people.

There were 30.98 million people in work. This was 67,000 fewer than for the 3 months to February 2015, the first quarterly fall since February to April 2013. Comparing March to May 2015 with a year earlier, there were 265,000 more people in work (272,000 more people working full-time and 7,000 fewer people working part-time).

Wages including bonuses rose 3.2 percent, following a 2.7 percent increase in the previous period, the biggest gain since April of 2010. Excluding bonuses, wages rose 2.8 percent.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits (claimant count) increased by a seasonally adjusted 7,000 in June, the first increase since October of 2012.

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), 30,000 more than for the 3 months to February 2015 and 104,000 more than for a year earlier.


ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
7/15/2015 9:56:06 AM


Recent Releases

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

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 5.60 5.50 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 29852.00 29887.00 29902.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change 7.00 -1.10 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 804.20 791.80 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 726.00 731.00 744.00 429.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.80 1.90 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 15.70 15.70 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 101.10 100.90 101.40 34.00 Index Points [+]
Wages 492.00 492.00 494.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 567.00 571.00 571.00 362.00 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 [+]
Minimum Wages 6.50 6.31 6.50 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 3.20 2.70 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.00 Jun/15 5.90 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.90 Jun/15 6.70 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Jun/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.04 Jun/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.10 Jun/15 11.10 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Mar/15 10.40 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Jun/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 12.70 Jun/15 12.50 13.00 5.80 percent [+]
Japan 3.40 Jun/15 3.30 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.41 Jun/15 4.45 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.90 Jun/15 6.90 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.40 Jun/15 5.60 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.90 Jun/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 22.37 Jun/15 23.78 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.10 Jun/15 3.20 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 9.60 Apr/15 10.60 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 May/15 5.50 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.30 Jun/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]