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United Kingdom Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Apr 30, 2024
Actual
4.4
Units In
%
Previous
4.3
Frequency
Monthly
Next Release
Jul 18, 2024
Time to Release
1 Months 4 Days 18 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
11.9
Apr 1984
3.4
Dec 1973
6.69 %1971-2024Office 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.

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The United Kingdom’s unemployment rate rose to 4.4% from February to April 2024, compared to market forecasts and the previous three-month period’s 4.3%. It was the highest reading since the three months to September 2021, as the number of unemployed individuals grew by 24 thousand to a total of 1.51 million, driven by those unemployed for up to 6 months, which remained above levels from a year ago. Also, those unemployed for over 6 and up to 12 months and those over 12 months had increased in the latest period. Meanwhile, the number of employed individuals increased by 29.7 thousand to 33.0 million, mainly due to a rise in part-time employees and full-time self-employed workers. On the other hand, the number of full-time employees decreased during the quarter. Finally, the economic inactivity rate rose by 0.2 percentage points to 22.3%.

United Kingdom Unemployment Rate History

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