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United Kingdom Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Jul 31, 2022
Actual
3.6
Units In
%
Previous
3.8
Frequency
Monthly
Next Release
Oct 11, 2022
Time to Release
14 Days 22 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
11.9
Apr 1984
3.4
Dec 1973
6.78 %1971-2022Office for National Statistics
In the United Kingdom, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.

Latest Updates

The jobless rate in the UK fell to 3.6% in the three months to July of 2022, the lowest since 1974, from 3.8% in the previous period and compared to market forecasts of 3.8% as the number of people who are no longer looking for work increased. The so-called inactivity rate rose to 21.7%, the highest since 2017 driven by students or long-term sick. Meanwhile, the employment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 75.4% and is still below pandemic levels, mainly due to a fall in part-time employment. The number of people unemployed for up to six months decreased to a record low and the number of people unemployed for over 12 months continued to decline. On the other hand, those unemployed between 6 and 12 months increased. Also, job vacancies in June to August 2022 were 1,266,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the previous quarter and the largest quarterly fall from June to August 2020.

United Kingdom Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

United Kingdom Labour Indicators

All United Kingdom indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Average Weekly Hours
31.6
Nov 2021
31.4
Oct 2021
25.9
May 2020
33.5
Nov 1994
HoursMonthly1992-2021
Claimant Count Change
6.3
Aug 2022
-14.5
Jul 2022
-151.4
May 2021
844.1
Apr 2020
ThousandMonthly1971-2022
Employment Change
10
Jan 2022
-12
Dec 2021
-407
May 2020
311
Mar 2014
ThousandMonthly1971-2022
Employment Rate
75.5
Nov 2021
75.5
Oct 2021
65.6
Mar 1983
76.6
Jan 2020
%Monthly1971-2021
Full Time Employment
24,440
Nov 2021
24,391
Oct 2021
19,136
Dec 1993
24,526
Jun 2021
ThousandMonthly1992-2021
Job Vacancies
1,266
Jul 2022
1,274
Jun 2022
340
May 2020
1,318
Jan 2022
ThousandMonthly2001-2022
Labor Force Participation Rate
78.8
Nov 2021
78.7
Oct 2021
74.1
Mar 1983
79.8
Jan 2020
%Monthly1971-2021
Labour Costs
109.6
Dec 2021
109.7
Sep 2021
4.6
Mar 1955
112.2
Jun 2020
PointsQuarterly1955-2021
Minimum Wages
9.5
Apr 2022
8.91
Apr 2021
5.05
Apr 2005
9.5
Apr 2022
GBP/HourYearly2005-2022
Non Farm Payrolls
29,727
Aug 2022
29,656
Jul 2022
26,762
Jul 2014
29,727
Aug 2022
ThousandMonthly2014-2022
Part Time Employment
8,046
Nov 2021
8,085
Oct 2021
5,995
Dec 1992
8,704
May 2019
ThousandMonthly1992-2021
Population
67.53
Dec 2021
67.08
Dec 2020
50.29
Dec 1951
67.53
Dec 2021
MillionYearly1950-2021
Productivity
101.7
Jun 2022
101.7
Mar 2022
43.3
Mar 1971
105.9
Sep 2020
PointsQuarterly1971-2022
Retirement Age Men
66
Dec 2022
66
Dec 2021
65
Dec 2009
66
Dec 2020
Yearly2009-2022
Retirement Age Women
66
Dec 2022
66
Dec 2021
60
Dec 2009
66
Dec 2020
Yearly2009-2022
Unemployed Persons
1,534.2
Aug 2022
1,527.9
Jul 2022
422.6
Dec 1973
3,090
Jul 1986
ThousandMonthly1971-2022
Unemployment Rate
3.6
Jul 2022
3.8
Jun 2022
3.4
Dec 1973
11.9
Apr 1984
%Monthly1971-2022
Wage Growth
5.5
Jul 2022
5.1
Jun 2022
-2.7
Mar 2009
8.8
Jun 2021
%Monthly2001-2022
Wages
613
Jul 2022
611
Jun 2022
300
Feb 2000
615
Mar 2022
GBP/WeekMonthly2000-2022
Wages In Manufacturing
666
Jul 2022
664
Jun 2022
356
Feb 2000
670
Mar 2022
GBP/WeekMonthly2000-2022
Youth Unemployment Rate
11.2
Nov 2021
11.1
Oct 2021
10.8
Feb 2019
22.5
Oct 2011
%Monthly1992-2021

Unemployment Rate across Europe

Unemployment Rate global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Albania
11.7
Mar 2022
11.9
Dec 2021
11.6
Dec 2019
22.3
Dec 1993
% Quarterly1993-2022
Armenia
14.8
Mar 2022
14.5
Dec 2021
6.3
Mar 2008
21.1
Mar 2019
% Quarterly1998-2022
Austria
5.9
Aug 2022
5.6
Jul 2022
0.8
Aug 1974
12.8
Apr 2020
% Monthly1960-2022
Belarus
3.9
Dec 2021
4.05
Dec 2020
0.2
Dec 2019
4.05
Dec 2020
% Yearly1995-2021
Belgium
5.9
Jul 2022
5.5
Jun 2022
4.9
Mar 2020
11
Oct 1983
% Monthly1983-2022
Bosnia and Herzegovina
29.99
Jun 2022
29.91
May 2022
29.91
May 2022
46.1
Feb 2013
% Monthly2007-2022
Bulgaria
4.2
Jul 2022
4.2
Jun 2022
4.2
Jun 2022
19.27
Feb 2001
% Monthly1991-2022
Croatia
6.3
Aug 2022
6.3
Jul 2022
6.1
Jun 2022
23.6
Jan 2002
% Monthly1996-2022
Cyprus
8
Jul 2022
5.1
Jun 2022
3
Mar 2002
16.5
Mar 2014
% Monthly2000-2022
Czech Republic
3.4
Aug 2022
3.3
Jul 2022
0.09
Jan 1990
9.69
Jan 2004
% Monthly1990-2022
Denmark
2.7
Jul 2022
2.5
Jun 2022
2.4
May 2008
6.2
Aug 2010
% Monthly2007-2022
Estonia
5.8
Jun 2022
5.5
Mar 2022
0.5
Jun 1989
19.5
Mar 2010
% Quarterly1989-2022
Euro Area
6.6
Jul 2022
6.6
Jun 2022
6.6
May 2022
12.1
Jan 2013
% Monthly1995-2022
Faroe Islands
1
Sep 2021
1.1
Aug 2021
1
Sep 2019
14.3
May 1995
% Monthly1995-2021
Finland
6.7
Aug 2022
6.6
Jul 2022
0.7
Sep 1961
19.9
May 1994
% Monthly1959-2022
France
7.4
Jun 2022
7.3
Mar 2022
3.2
Mar 1975
10.7
Mar 1994
% Quarterly1975-2022
Georgia
20.6
Dec 2021
18.5
Dec 2020
10.3
Dec 2000
27.2
Dec 2010
% Yearly1998-2021
Germany
5.5
Aug 2022
5.4
Jul 2022
0.4
Mar 1966
12.1
Mar 2005
% Monthly1950-2022
Greece
12.6
Jul 2022
12.1
Jun 2022
7.3
May 2008
27.9
Jul 2013
% Monthly1998-2022
Hungary
3.4
Aug 2022
3.3
Jul 2022
3.2
Jun 2022
11.8
Mar 2010
% Monthly1999-2022
Iceland
4.5
Aug 2022
4.1
Jul 2022
0.1
Aug 1972
9.7
Jun 2009
% Monthly1970-2022
Ireland
4.3
Aug 2022
4.2
Jul 2022
3.9
Oct 2000
17.3
Dec 1985
% Monthly1983-2022
Italy
7.9
Jul 2022
8.1
Jun 2022
5.9
Apr 2007
13.3
Nov 2014
% Monthly1983-2022
Kosovo
25.8
Mar 2021
27
Dec 2020
24.5
Sep 2019
57
Dec 2001
% Quarterly2001-2021
Latvia
6.6
Jun 2022
7.3
Mar 2022
5.3
Dec 2007
21.3
Mar 2010
% Quarterly2002-2022
Liechtenstein
1.9
Dec 2020
1.5
Dec 2019
1.5
Dec 2019
3.2
Dec 2006
% Yearly2006-2020
Lithuania
8.6
Aug 2022
9.1
Jul 2022
2.7
Jun 2007
16.4
Jan 2021
% Monthly1995-2022
Luxembourg
4.8
Aug 2022
4.7
Jul 2022
1.4
Mar 1991
7.2
May 2014
% Monthly1982-2022
Macedonia
14.8
Mar 2022
15.2
Dec 2021
14.8
Mar 2022
38.7
Mar 2005
% Quarterly1993-2022
Malta
3.2
Mar 2022
3.2
Dec 2021
3.2
Dec 2021
8.24
Sep 2003
% Quarterly2001-2022
Moldova
3
Mar 2022
2.6
Dec 2021
2.2
Sep 2018
13
Mar 2006
% Quarterly2000-2022
Montenegro
19.16
Aug 2022
19.45
Jul 2022
10.2
Aug 2009
31
Apr 2002
% Monthly2002-2022
Netherlands
3.8
Aug 2022
3.6
Jul 2022
2.9
Feb 2020
7.9
Feb 2014
% Monthly2003-2022
Norway
3.3
Jun 2022
3.3
Mar 2022
1.4
Jun 1980
6.4
Mar 1993
% Quarterly1980-2022
Poland
4.8
Aug 2022
4.9
Jul 2022
0.3
Jan 1990
20.7
Feb 2003
% Monthly1990-2022
Portugal
5.7
Jun 2022
5.9
Mar 2022
3.7
Jun 2000
18.5
Mar 2013
% Quarterly1983-2022
Romania
5.2
Jul 2022
5.3
Jun 2022
3.6
Jan 2020
8.7
Jan 2004
% Monthly2004-2022
Russian Federation
3.9
Jul 2022
3.9
Jun 2022
3.9
May 2022
14.1
Feb 1999
% Monthly1992-2022
Serbia
8.9
Jun 2022
10.6
Mar 2022
7.9
Jun 2020
25.5
Mar 2012
% Quarterly2008-2022
Slovakia
6.1
Aug 2022
6.2
Jul 2022
4.88
May 2019
19.79
Jan 2001
% Monthly1994-2022
Slovenia
5.6
Jul 2022
5.5
Jun 2022
5.5
Jun 2022
15.5
Oct 1993
% Monthly1991-2022
Spain
12.48
Jun 2022
13.65
Mar 2022
4.41
Sep 1976
26.94
Mar 2013
% Quarterly1976-2022
Sweden
6.6
Aug 2022
6.4
Jul 2022
1.3
Jul 1989
10.5
Jun 1997
% Monthly1980-2022
Switzerland
2
Aug 2022
2
Jul 2022
1.5
May 2001
5.7
Jan 1997
% Monthly1995-2022
Turkey
10.1
Jul 2022
10.3
Jun 2022
8
Jun 2012
14.4
Jul 2020
% Monthly2005-2022
Ukraine
10.6
Dec 2021
9.2
Sep 2021
6.3
Sep 2013
10.6
Dec 2014
% Quarterly2003-2021
United Kingdom
3.6
Jul 2022
3.8
Jun 2022
3.4
Dec 1973
11.9
Apr 1984
% Monthly1971-2022

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