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United Kingdom Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Dec 2020
Actual
5.1 %
Forecast
N/A
Previous
5 %
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
%
Next Release
Mar 23, 2021
Time to Release
17 Days 4 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
12 %
Apr 1984
3.4 %
Nov 1973
6.89 %1971 - 2020Office 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 UK unemployment rate held steady at 3.8 percent in the three months to October of 2019, its lowest level in nearly 45 years and slightly below market expectations of 3.9 percent. A year earlier, the jobless rate was higher at 4.1 percent. The number of unemployed persons fell by 13 thousand to 1.28 million and the number of employed people increased by 24 thousand to 32.8 million, after dropping the most in over four years in the previous period.

United Kingdom Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
Dec 17, 201910:20UK Jobless Rate at Near 45-Year Low
Nov 12, 201909:59UK Unemployment Rate Falls Below Forecast
Oct 15, 201909:22UK Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Rises to 3.9%
Sep 10, 201908:47UK Jobless Rate Falls Back to Lowest since Mid-1970s
Aug 13, 201908:47UK Jobless Rate Rises Unexpectedly in Q2
Jul 16, 201909:26UK Jobless Rate Holds Steady at Over 44-Year Low
Jun 11, 201908:44UK Unemployment Rate at Over 44-Year Low

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United Kingdom labour Indicators

All United Kingdom indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Average Weekly Hours
31.9
Dec 2019
31.9
Nov 2019
31.3
Apr 2011
33.5
Dec 1994
HoursMonthly1992 - 2019
Claimant Count Change
-20
Jan 2021
-20.4
Dec 2020
-98.5
Nov 1996
1,032.7
Apr 2020
ThousandMonthly1971 - 2021
Employment Rate
76.5
Dec 2019
76.5
Nov 2019
65.6
Apr 1983
76.5
Nov 2019
%Monthly1971 - 2019
Employment Change
184
Dec 2019
180
Nov 2019
-279
May 2009
311
Mar 2014
ThousandMonthly1971 - 2019
Full Time Employment
24,463
Dec 2019
24,416
Nov 2019
19,136
Dec 1993
24,463
Dec 2019
ThousandMonthly1992 - 2019
Living Wage Individual
895
Dec 2018
850
Dec 2017
785
Dec 2015
900
Dec 2016
GBP/MonthYearly2015 - 2018

Unemployment Rate across Europe

Unemployment Rate global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Albania
11.6
Sep 2020
12.5
Jun 2020
11.6
Dec 2019
22.3
Dec 1993
%Quarterly1993 - 2020
Armenia
18.1
Sep 2020
17.5
Jun 2020
6.3
Dec 2008
21.9
Mar 2019
%Quarterly1998 - 2020
Austria
10.7
Feb 2021
11.4
Jan 2021
0.8
Aug 1974
12.8
Apr 2020
%Monthly1960 - 2021
Belarus
0.2
Jul 2020
0.2
Mar 2020
0.2
Mar 2020
4
Dec 1996
%Yearly1995 - 2020
Belgium
5.8
Dec 2020
6.1
Nov 2020
5.1
Aug 2020
11
Oct 1983
%Monthly1983 - 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina
33.69
Dec 2020
33.65
Nov 2020
32.57
Nov 2019
46.1
Feb 2013
%Monthly2007 - 2020

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