United Kingdom Unemployment Rate 1971-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

UK unemployment rate stood at a 42-year low of 4.3 percent in the three months to October of 2017, unchanged from the May to July period and slightly above market expectations of 4.2 percent. The number of unemployed continued to fall while that of people in work declined for the second month in a row. Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 7.08 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 Unemployment Rate Holds at Four-Decade Low


UK unemployment rate stood at a 42-year low of 4.3 percent in the three months to October of 2017, unchanged from the May to July period and slightly above market expectations of 4.2 percent. The number of unemployed continued to fall and that of people in work declined for the second month in a row.

There were 1.43 million unemployed people, 26,000 fewer than for May to July 2017 and 182,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, down from 4.8 percent for a year earlier and the joint lowest since 1975.

There were 32.08 million people in work, 56,000 fewer than for May to July 2017 but 325,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate was 75.1 percent, lower than for May to July 2017 (75.3 percent) but higher than for a year earlier (74.4 percent).

There were 8.86 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive, 115,000 more than for May to July 2017 but 56,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate was 21.5 percent, higher than for May to July 2017 (21.2 percent) but lower than for a year earlier (21.7 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 including bonuses, and by 2.3 percent excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier. In real terms (that is, adjusted for price inflation), average weekly earnings fell by 0.2 percent including bonuses, and by 0.4 percent excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier.

ONS | Joana Ferreira |
12/13/2017 10:31:23 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-10-18 08:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.3% 4.3% 4.3%
2017-11-15 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.3% 4.3% 4.3%
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%
2018-02-21 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate
2018-03-21 09:30 AM Unemployment Rate


United Kingdom Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.30 4.30 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 30904.00 30877.00 30974.00 23187.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 817.50 811.50 3090.00 422.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 8539.00 8541.00 8583.00 5995.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 23540.00 23517.00 23596.00 19136.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 75.10 75.00 75.30 65.60 percent [+]
Claimant Count Change 5.90 6.50 142.80 -98.50 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.50 78.40 78.80 74.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.10 1.20 4.30 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.00 11.80 22.30 9.70 percent [+]
Labour Costs 104.90 104.20 104.90 20.80 Index Points [+]
Productivity 100.80 99.90 100.80 43.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 798.00 780.00 798.00 432.00 Thousand [+]
Wages 510.00 510.00 510.00 300.00 GBP/Week [+]
Wage Growth 2.50 2.30 6.60 -2.60 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 595.00 591.00 595.00 356.00 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 32.00 32.10 33.50 31.30 Hours [+]
Employment Change 0.00 0.40 0.80 -0.90 percent [+]


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 December of 2017.

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




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