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

British unemployment rate was recorded at 5.1 percent in the three months to March of 2016, unchanged from the previous four periods. While the number of unemployed fell slightly, the number of employed increased, bringing the employment rate to a record high of 74.2 percent. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.16 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
5.10 5.10 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 May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-03-16 09:30 AM Jan 5.1% 5.1% 5.1% 5.1%
2016-04-20 08:30 AM Feb 5.1% 5.1% 5.1% 5.1%
2016-05-18 08:30 AM Mar 5.1% 5.1% 5.1% 5.1%
2016-06-15 08:30 AM Apr 5.1% 5.1%
2016-07-20 08:30 AM May 5.2%
2016-08-17 08:30 AM Jun 5.2%

UK Jobless Rate Remains Unchanged at 5.1% for the 5th Month


British unemployment rate was recorded at 5.1 percent in the three months to March of 2016, unchanged from the previous four periods. While the number of unemployed fell slightly, the number of employed increased, bringing the employment rate to a record high of 74.2 percent.

There were 1.69 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), little changed compared with October to December 2015 but 139,000 fewer than for a year earlier.

There were 31.58 million people in work, 44,000 more than for October to December 2015 and 409,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 23.12 million people working full-time, 328,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.46 million people working part-time, 81,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.2%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.

There were 8.90 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 20,000 fewer than for October to December 2015 and 116,000 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%, the joint lowest since comparable records began in 1971.

Average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain increased by 2 percent including bonuses and by 2.1 percent excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
5/18/2016 4:35:20 PM

United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.10 5.10 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30395.00 30357.00 30395.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 737.80 740.10 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8462.00 8432.00 8476.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23116.00 22977.00 23116.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 74.20 74.10 74.20 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change -2.40 14.70 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.30 78.20 78.30 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.50 1.50 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.20 13.20 22.40 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 102.50 102.20 102.60 34.00 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 101.60 101.50 104.80 6.00 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 745.00 751.00 776.00 429.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 499.00 493.00 499.00 306.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 579.00 575.00 579.00 362.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.10 1.80 6.60 -2.90 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 6.70 6.50 6.70 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 1300.00 1320.00 1320.00 1160.00 GBP/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 2170.00 2150.00 2170.00 2040.00 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Family 1270.00 1310.00 1310.00 1270.00 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 860.00 872.00 872.00 860.00 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 32.20 32.10 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change -1.00 0.60 0.80 -1.00 percent [+]




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