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

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom decreased to 5.70 percent in the three months to December of 2014 from 5.80 percent in the previous period. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.24 percent from 1971 until 2014, 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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United Kingdom Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.70 5.80 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2014 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 Friday, February 27, 2015.


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.

There were 1.86 million unemployed people. This was 97,000 fewer than for July to September2014 and 486,000 fewer than for a year earlier.

There were 30.90 million people in work. This was 103,000 more than for July to September 2014 and 608,000 more than for a year earlier.

The employment rate was 73.2 percent, higher than for July to September 2014 (73.0 percent) and for a year earlier (72.0 percent). The employment rate last reached 73.2 percent in December 2004 to February 2005 and, since comparable records began in 1971, it has never been higher.

There were 9.05 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work. This was 22,000 more than for July to September 2014 and 6,000 more than for a year earlier.

The inactivity rate was 22.3 percent, virtually unchanged compared with July to September 2014 and with a year earlier.

Comparing October to December 2014 with a year earlier, pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.1 percent including bonuses and by 1.7 percent excluding bonuses.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/18/2015 9:45:46 AM


Recent Releases

UK Unemployment Rate at 6-1/2-Year Low
British jobless rate decreased to 5.8 percent in the three months to November, the lowest since July of 2008. Weekly wages rose above the inflation rate for the second straight month. Published on 2015-01-21

UK Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 6%
British jobless rate remained steady at 6 percent in three months to October while weekly wages rose 1.6 percent, above the inflation rate for the first time since 2009. Published on 2014-12-17


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-12-17 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Oct
6.0% 6.0% 5.9% 5.8%
2015-01-21 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Nov
5.8% 6% 5.9% 5.8%
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% 5.5%
2015-04-17 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
5.4%
2015-05-13 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Mar
5.3%


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.70 5.80 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 29769.00 29668.00 29769.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change -38.60 -35.80 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 823.00 861.60 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 718.00 706.00 718.00 430.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.10 2.30 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 16.70 16.40 22.20 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 100.40 100.00 101.40 34.00 Index Points [+]
Wages 489.00 484.00 489.00 306.00 GBP [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 573.00 566.00 573.00 362.00 GBP [+]
Labour Costs 104.20 103.60 105.70 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 [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.40 Jan/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 5.30 Jan/15 4.30 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.60 Jan/15 6.70 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Nov/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.40 Dec/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Aug/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Jan/15 4.80 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 5.20 Dec/12 6.30 9.40 5.20 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.90 Dec/14 13.30 13.40 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.60 Jan/15 3.40 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.76 Dec/14 4.53 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.20 Jan/15 7.20 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.50 Jan/15 5.30 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.40 Jan/15 3.50 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.70 Nov/14 23.67 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.50 Jan/15 3.40 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.70 Nov/14 10.40 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.70 Dec/14 5.80 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.70 Jan/15 5.60 10.80 2.50 percent [+]