United Kingdom Unemployment Rate 1971-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom was unchanged at 6 percent in the three months to October of 2014. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.25 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
6.00 6.00 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 Sunday, December 21, 2014.


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.

From August to October, there were 1.96 million unemployed people. This was 63,000 fewer than for May to July 2014, the smallest quarterly fall since July to September 2013. Comparing August to October 2014 with a year earlier, there were 455,000 fewer unemployed people.

There were 9.06 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work. This was little changed compared with May to July 2014 and with a year earlier. The inactivity rate was 22.3 percent, unchanged from May to July 2014 and from a year earlier.

There were 30.80 million people in work. This was 115,000 more than for May to July 2014 and 588,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate was 73.0 percent, higher than for May to July 2014 (72.8 percent) and higher than for a year earlier (71.8 percent).

There were 22.54 million people working full-time, 560,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.25 million people working part-time, 28,000 more than for a year earlier.

Comparing August to October 2014 with a year earlier, pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 1.4 percent including bonuses and by 1.6 percent excluding bonuses.

ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
12/17/2014 11:29:33 AM


Recent Releases

UK Unemployment Rate Steady at 6%
British jobless rate was unchanged at 6 percent in the three months to September of 2014 but wage growth increased more than expected, surpassing inflation. The claimant count for October fell by 20.4 thousand. Published on 2014-11-12

UK Unemployment Rate Beats Expectations
The UK jobless rate fell for the seventh straight time to 6 percent in the three months to August of 2014. While the number of unemployment persons posted the largest annual drop on record, employment grew at its slowest pace in more than a year. Published on 2014-10-15


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-10-15 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Aug
6.0% 6.2% 6.1% 6%
2014-11-12 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Sep
6.0% 6.0% 5.9% 5.98%
2014-12-17 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Oct
6.0% 6.0% 5.9% 5.8%
2015-01-22 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Nov
5.8%
2015-02-19 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Dec
5.7%
2015-03-19 09:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
5.5%


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.00 6.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 29655.00 29674.00 29674.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Claimant Count Change -26.90 -25.10 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 900.10 927.00 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 687.00 680.00 694.00 430.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.30 2.50 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 15.60 15.90 22.20 9.70 percent [+]
Productivity 100.40 100.20 105.00 32.90 Index Points [+]
Wages 481.00 479.00 485.00 306.00 GBP [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 566.00 563.00 568.00 362.00 GBP [+]
Labour Costs 103.10 103.00 105.70 6.00 Index Points [+]
Population 63.90 63.50 63.90 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 6.30 Nov/14 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 4.80 Nov/14 4.70 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.60 Nov/14 6.50 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Aug/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.50 Oct/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Aug/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.90 Oct/14 5.00 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 13.20 Oct/14 12.90 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Oct/14 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.53 Nov/14 4.78 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 8.00 Nov/14 8.00 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.20 Nov/14 5.10 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.40 Nov/14 3.50 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.67 Aug/14 24.47 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.20 Nov/14 3.10 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.50 Sep/14 10.10 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 6.00 Oct/14 6.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.80 Nov/14 5.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]