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

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom decreased to 5.6 percent in the three months to February of 2015 from 5.70 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.

     Forecast  
United Kingdom Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.60 5.70 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 Sunday, May 3, 2015.


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.

There were 31.05 million people in work, 248,000 more than for September to November 2014 and 557,000 more than for a year earlier.

The employment rate was 73.4 percent, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 1.84 million unemployed people, 76,000 fewer than for September to November 2014 and 416,000 fewer than for a year earlier.

There were 8.99 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work (known as economically inactive), 104,000 fewer than for September to November 2014 but 11,000 more than for a year earlier.

Comparing the 3 months ending February 2015 with a year earlier, pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 1.7 percent including bonuses and by 1.8 percent excluding bonuses.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/17/2015 10:49:59 AM


Recent Releases

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

UK Unemployment Rate at 6-1/2-Year Low
British jobless rate decreased to 5.7 percent in the three months to December of 2014 from 5.8 percent in the previous period, the lowest since mid-2008. Pay growth rose above inflation for the third straight month. Published on 2015-02-18


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-02-18 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Dec
5.7% 5.8% 5.8% 5.8%
2015-03-18 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
5.7% 5.7% 5.6% 5.7%
2015-04-17 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
5.6% 5.7% 5.6% 5.7%
2015-05-13 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Mar
5.6% 5.6%
2015-06-17 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Apr
5.6%
2015-07-15 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  May
5.5%


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.60 5.70 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 29872.00 29811.00 29872.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change -20.70 -29.10 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 772.40 793.10 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 743.00 735.00 743.00 430.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.90 2.10 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 15.60 15.80 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 100.90 100.60 101.40 34.00 Index Points [+]
Wages 485.00 484.00 488.00 306.00 GBP/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 560.00 565.00 571.00 362.00 GBP/Month [+]
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 62.00 61.50 62.00 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 1.70 1.90 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.10 Mar/15 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.20 Mar/15 5.90 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Mar/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 Mar/15 7.10 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.90 Mar/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Mar/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Feb/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.40 Mar/15 3.50 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.30 Jan/15 10.90 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 Feb/15 5.70 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.50 Mar/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]