United Kingdom Unemployment Rate 1971-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The unemployment rate in the UK unexpectedly rose to 4.4 percent in the three months to December of 2017 from a 42-year low of 4.3 percent in the July to September period, while markets were expecting the rate to remain unchanged. The number of unemployed rose by 46 thousand and employment increased by 88 thousand, also missing market consensus of a 173 thousand gain. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.07 percent from 1971 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 12 percent in February of 1984 and a record low of 3.40 percent in November of 1973.

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UK Jobless Rate Rises Unexpectedly to 4.4%


The unemployment rate in the UK rose to 4.4 percent in the three months to December of 2017 from a 42-year low of 4.3 percent in the July to September period, while markets were expecting the rate to remain unchanged.

There were 1.47 million unemployed people, 46,000 more than for July to September 2017 but 123,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, compared to 4.3 percent in the July to September period and below 4.8 percent a year earlier.

There were 32.15 million people in work, 88,000 more than for July to September 2017 and 321,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate was 75.2 percent, higher than for a year earlier (74.6 percent). There were 901,000 people (not seasonally adjusted) in employment on “zero-hours contracts” in their main job, little changed compared with a year earlier.

There were 8.77 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive, 109,000 fewer than for July to September 2017 and 95,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate was 21.3 percent, lower than for a year earlier (21.6 percent).

Latest estimates show that average weekly earnings for employees in the UK in nominal terms (that is, not adjusted for price inflation) increased by 2.5 percent both including and excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier. In real terms (that is, adjusted for price inflation), average weekly earnings fell by 0.3 percent both including and excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier.


ONS | Joana Ferreira |
2/21/2018 10:06:56 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-12-13 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.3% 4.2% 4.3%
2018-01-24 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.3% 4.3% 4.3%
2018-02-21 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.4% 4.3% 4.3% 4.3%
2018-03-21 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.4% 4.4%
2018-04-17 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.5%
2018-05-15 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.5%


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.40 4.30 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 32147.00 32207.00 32207.00 23630.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 823.00 830.10 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8534.00 8553.00 8583.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23613.00 23654.00 23654.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 75.20 75.30 75.30 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change -7.20 6.20 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.70 78.80 78.80 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.20 1.10 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.40 12.20 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Labour Costs 104.90 104.60 104.90 20.80 Index Points [+]
Productivity 102.00 101.20 102.00 43.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 823.00 810.00 823.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 512.00 511.00 512.00 300.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.50 2.50 6.60 -2.60 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 595.00 596.00 596.00 356.00 GBP/Week [+]
Minimum Wages 7.50 7.20 7.50 5.05 GBP/Hour [+]
Population 65.81 65.38 65.81 52.20 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 63.50 63.00 63.50 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Living Wage Family 1280.00 1220.00 1280.00 1170.00 GBP/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 970.00 920.00 970.00 840.00 GBP/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 2210.00 2110.00 2210.00 2110.00 GBP/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1330.00 1280.00 1330.00 1220.00 GBP/Month [+]
Average Weekly Hours 31.90 31.90 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 88.00 102.00 307.00 -279.00 Thousand [+]


United Kingdom Unemployment Rate

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 February of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.40 4.30 12.00 3.40 1971 - 2017 percent Monthly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.55 Dec/17
Brazil 11.80 Dec/17
Italy 10.80 Dec/17
Turkey 10.30 Nov/17
France 8.90 Dec/17
Euro Area 8.70 Dec/17
Canada 5.90 Jan/18
Australia 5.50 Jan/18
Indonesia 5.50 Sep/17
Russia 5.20 Jan/18
United Kingdom 4.40 Dec/17
Netherlands 4.20 Jan/18
United States 4.10 Jan/18
China 3.90 Dec/17
Germany 3.60 Dec/17
South Korea 3.60 Jan/18
India 3.46 Dec/16
Switzerland 3.30 Jan/18
Mexico 3.10 Dec/17
Japan 2.80 Dec/17


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