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

UK jobless rate declined to 4.8 percent in the three months to September 2016 from 4.9 percent in the April to June period and 5.3 percent a year earlier. The figure came in better than market expectations of 4.9 percent to hit the lowest level since July to September 2005, as the number of unemployed went down while the number of people in work increased. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.14 percent from 1971 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 12.00 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)
2016-09-14 08:30 AM Jul 4.9% 4.9% 4.9% 5%
2016-10-19 08:30 AM Aug 4.9% 4.9% 4.9% 5%
2016-11-16 09:30 AM Sep 4.8% 4.9% 4.9% 5%
2016-12-14 09:30 AM Oct 4.8% 4.9%
2017-01-20 09:30 AM Nov
2017-02-17 09:30 AM Dec




UK Unemployment Rate Falls to 11-Year Low


UK jobless rate declined to 4.8 percent in the three months to September 2016 from 4.9 percent in the April to June period and 5.3 percent a year earlier. The figure came in better than market expectations of 4.9 percent to hit the lowest level since July to September 2005, as the number of unemployed went down while the number of people in work increased.

There were 1.60 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 37,000 fewer than for April to June 2016 and 146,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 876,000 unemployed men, 15,000 fewer than for April to June 2016 and 82,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 728,000 unemployed women, 22,000 fewer than for April to June 2016 and 64,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, down from 5.3 percent for a year earlier and the lowest 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 31.80 million people in work, 49,000 more than for April to June 2016 and 461,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 23.24 million people working full-time, 350,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.56 million people working part-time, 110,000 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 joint highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 8.89 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 49,000 more than for April to June 2016 but 103,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive) was 21.7 percent, down from 22 percent for a year earlier.

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

ONS | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
11/16/2016 9:47:26 AM



United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.80 4.90 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30564.00 30583.00 30583.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 803.30 776.40 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8557.00 8583.00 8583.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23242.00 23228.00 23253.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.50 74.50 74.50 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change 9.90 5.60 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.30 78.50 78.50 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.40 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.00 13.50 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 102.40 102.20 102.40 44.60 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 101.70 100.40 101.70 20.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 757.00 749.00 763.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 505.00 504.00 505.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.30 2.30 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 589.00 588.00 589.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
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 32.10 32.00 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 0.50 0.10 0.80 -1.00 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 December of 2016.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.80 4.90 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2016 percent Monthly



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Afghanistan 40.00 Dec/15
Kenya 40.00 Dec/11
Kosovo 32.90 Dec/15
Gambia 29.80 Dec/13
Yemen 29.00 Dec/11
Palestine 28.40 Sep/16
Namibia 28.10 Dec/14
South Africa 27.10 Sep/16
Republic of the Congo 26.60 Dec/10
Angola 26.00 Dec/14
Lesotho 25.30 Dec/08
Macedonia 24.00 Jun/16
Greece 23.40 Aug/16
Equatorial Guinea 22.30 Dec/09
Guyana 21.00 Dec/11
Gabon 20.30 Dec/13
Botswana 20.00 Dec/13
Montenegro 19.51 Oct/16
Libya 19.50 Dec/11
Sudan 19.50 Dec/14
Spain 18.91 Sep/16
Armenia 18.40 Jun/16
Mozambique 17.00 Dec/07
Ethiopia 16.80 Dec/15
Iraq 16.40 Dec/14
Albania 15.90 Jun/16
Jordan 15.80 Sep/16
Tunisia 15.50 Sep/16
Syria 14.90 Dec/12
Bahamas 14.80 Dec/15
New Caledonia 14.60 Dec/14
Eritrea 14.50 Dec/84
Croatia 14.00 Oct/16
Dominican Republic 14.00 Sep/15
Serbia 13.80 Sep/16
Jamaica 13.70 Jun/16
Sao Tome and Principe 13.60 Dec/12
Senegal 13.40 Dec/15
Nigeria 13.30 Jun/16
Zambia 13.30 Dec/14
Rwanda 13.20 Feb/16
Mauritania 12.85 Dec/14
Egypt 12.60 Sep/16
Puerto Rico 12.50 Oct/16
Cape Verde 12.40 Dec/15
Iran 12.20 Jun/16
Cyprus 12.00 Oct/16
Georgia 12.00 Dec/15
South Sudan 12.00 Dec/08
Brazil 11.80 Oct/16
Italy 11.60 Oct/16
Maldives 11.60 Dec/14
Turkey 11.30 Aug/16
Zimbabwe 11.30 Dec/14
East Timor 11.00 Dec/13
Uzbekistan 10.70 Dec/13
Portugal 10.50 Sep/16
Turkmenistan 10.50 Dec/14
Slovenia 10.30 Sep/16
Tanzania 10.30 Dec/14
Barbados 10.10 Jun/16
Belize 10.10 Dec/15
France 10.00 Sep/16
Algeria 9.90 Apr/16
Euro Area 9.80 Oct/16
Costa Rica 9.70 Sep/16
Morocco 9.60 Sep/16
Latvia 9.50 Sep/16
Mongolia 9.40 Sep/16
Ukraine 9.30 Jun/16
Slovakia 9.10 Oct/16
Austria 9.00 Nov/16
Paraguay 8.90 Jun/16
Suriname 8.90 Dec/15
Argentina 8.50 Sep/16
Colombia 8.30 Oct/16
European Union 8.30 Oct/16
Mali 8.20 Dec/14
Poland 8.20 Oct/16
Finland 8.10 Oct/16
Belgium 7.90 Oct/16
Fiji 7.90 Dec/14
Bulgaria 7.70 Sep/16
Burundi 7.70 Dec/12
Central African Republic 7.60 Dec/12
Guinea Bissau 7.60 Dec/13
Estonia 7.50 Sep/16
Bolivia 7.40 Dec/13
Honduras 7.30 Dec/15
Ireland 7.30 Nov/16
Venezuela 7.30 Apr/16
Lithuania 7.20 Sep/16
Oman 7.20 Dec/14
Mauritius 7.10 Jun/16
Uruguay 7.10 Oct/16
Comoros 7.00 Dec/12
El Salvador 7.00 Dec/14
Brunei 6.90 Dec/14
Togo 6.90 Dec/13
Canada 6.80 Nov/16
Haiti 6.80 Dec/14
Nicaragua 6.80 Dec/14
Ecuador 6.70 Sep/16
Swaziland 6.70 Dec/13
Burkina Faso 6.60 Dec/14
Malawi 6.60 Dec/13
Chile 6.40 Oct/16
Lebanon 6.40 Dec/14
Sweden 6.40 Oct/16
Luxembourg 6.30 Oct/16
Peru 6.20 Oct/16
Pakistan 5.90 Dec/15
Romania 5.80 Oct/16
Saudi Arabia 5.70 Sep/16
Indonesia 5.61 Sep/16
Australia 5.60 Oct/16
Cayman Islands 5.60 Dec/15
Chad 5.60 Dec/13
Netherlands 5.60 Oct/16
Panama 5.60 Dec/16
Philippines 5.40 Sep/16
Russia 5.40 Oct/16
Ivory Coast 5.30 Dec/13
Ghana 5.20 Dec/13
Azerbaijan 5.00 Dec/15
Czech Republic 5.00 Oct/16
India 4.90 Dec/13
Kazakhstan 4.90 Oct/16
Malta 4.90 Jun/16
New Zealand 4.90 Sep/16
Norway 4.80 Sep/16
United Kingdom 4.80 Sep/16
Hungary 4.70 Oct/16
Sri Lanka 4.60 Jun/16
United States 4.60 Nov/16
Israel 4.50 Oct/16
Bangladesh 4.30 Dec/14
Denmark 4.20 Oct/16
Seychelles 4.20 Dec/15
United Arab Emirates 4.20 Dec/12
Germany 4.10 Oct/16
North Korea 4.10 Dec/14
China 4.04 Sep/16
Myanmar 4.02 Dec/13
Cameroon 4.00 Dec/13
Taiwan 3.90 Oct/16
Liberia 3.80 Dec/14
Trinidad and Tobago 3.80 Mar/16
Uganda 3.80 Dec/13
Bahrain 3.70 Dec/12
Mexico 3.70 Oct/16
South Korea 3.70 Oct/16
Malaysia 3.50 Sep/16
Hong Kong 3.40 Oct/16
Sierra Leone 3.30 Dec/14
Switzerland 3.20 Oct/16
Guatemala 3.10 Jun/16
Japan 3.00 Oct/16
Nepal 3.00 Dec/14
Iceland 2.90 Oct/16
Moldova 2.90 Sep/16
Bhutan 2.60 Dec/15
Papua New Guinea 2.50 Dec/14
Cuba 2.40 Dec/15
Liechtenstein 2.40 Dec/15
Tajikistan 2.30 Sep/16
Niger 2.25 Dec/08
Kuwait 2.20 Dec/15
Kyrgyzstan 2.20 Oct/16
Singapore 2.10 Sep/16
Vietnam 2.06 Jun/16
Macau 1.90 Oct/16
Guinea 1.70 Dec/13
Laos 1.40 Dec/14
Madagascar 1.20 Dec/12
Thailand 1.20 Oct/16
Belarus 1.00 Dec/15
Benin 1.00 Dec/13
Cambodia 0.50 Dec/15
Qatar 0.20 Dec/15