United Kingdom Unemployment Rate  1971-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The unemployment rate in the United Kingdom came in at 4.9 percent in the three months to June 2016, unchanged from the previous period and in line with market expectations. It remained at the lowest level since July to September 2005, as the number of unemployed reached the lowest since March to May 2008 while the number of people in work increased. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.15 percent from 1971 until 2016, 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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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.90 4.90 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2016 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. United Kingdom Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-06-15 08:30 AM Apr 5% 5.1% 5.1% 5.1%
2016-07-20 08:30 AM May 4.9% 5% 5% 5%
2016-08-17 08:30 AM Jun 4.9% 4.9% 4.9% 4.9%
2016-09-14 08:30 AM Jul 4.9% 5%
2016-10-19 08:30 AM Aug 5.1%
2016-11-16 09:30 AM Sep 5.1%

UK Jobless Rate Steady at 11-Year Low


The unemployment rate in the United Kingdom came in at 4.9 percent in the three months to June 2016, unchanged from the previous period and in line with market expectations. It remained at the lowest level since July to September 2005, as the number of unemployed reached the lowest since March to May 2008 while the number of people in work increased.

There were 1.64 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 52,000 fewer than for January to March 2016, 207,000 fewer than for a year earlier and the lowest since March to May 2008. There were 890,000 unemployed men, 124,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 750,000 unemployed women, 84,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, down from 5.6 percent for a year earlier. The last time it was lower was for July to September 2005.

There were 31.75 million people in work, 172,000 more than for January to March 2016 and 606,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 23.22 million people working full-time, 374,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.53 million people working part-time, 231,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.5 percent, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 8.84 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 58,000 fewer than for January to March 2016 and 179,000 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, the joint lowest since comparable records began in 1971.

Average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in nominal terms (that is, not adjusted for price inflation) increased by 2.4 percent including bonuses and by 2.3 percent excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
8/17/2016 9:51:26 AM

United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.90 4.90 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30543.00 30498.00 30543.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 763.60 772.20 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8533.00 8517.00 8533.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23217.00 23188.00 23217.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.50 74.40 74.50 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change -8.60 0.90 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.40 78.40 78.40 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.40 1.50 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.60 13.30 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 101.50 101.00 102.20 44.60 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 101.20 100.80 101.20 64.80 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 741.00 744.00 763.00 429.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 501.00 502.00 503.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 585.00 586.00 586.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.40 2.30 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.20 6.70 7.20 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Population 64.88 64.35 64.88 52.20 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 62.30 62.00 62.30 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 1320.00 1360.00 1400.00 1320.00 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 884.00 896.00 920.00 884.00 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 32.00 32.10 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 0.10 -1.00 0.80 -1.00 percent [+]




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