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United Kingdom Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Jul 2021
Actual
4.6 %
Forecast
4.6 %
Previous
4.7 %
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
%
Next Release
Oct 12, 2021
Time to Release
14 Days 6 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
12 %
Apr 1984
3.4 %
Nov 1973
6.86 %1971 - 2021Office 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 fell to 4.6 percent in the three months to July 2021, the lowest level since the June-August 2020 period and in line with market expectations, adding to signs of labor market recovery. Still, the rate remained 0.6 percentage points higher than before the pandemic. The number of unemployed people was down by 86,000 on quarter to 1.55 million, while employment levels rose by 183,000 to 32.36 million, more than market consensus of a 178,000 increase. The report also showed the number of employees on company books rose by 241,000 to 29.1 million in August 2021, returning to February 2020 levels. The number of job vacancies rose above 1 million for the first time, with the largest increase seen in accommodation and food service activities.

United Kingdom Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
Sep 14, 202106:14UK Jobless Rate Drops to Near 1-Year Low
Aug 17, 202106:14UK Jobless Rate Falls to 4.7% in Q2
Jul 15, 202106:13UK Jobless Rate Inches Up to 4.8%
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

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
-58.6
Aug 2021
-48.9
Jul 2021
-114.8
Jun 2021
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
12.1
Jun 2021
12.6
Mar 2021
11.6
Dec 2019
22.3
Dec 1993
%Quarterly1993 - 2021
Armenia
17
Mar 2021
16
Dec 2020
6.3
Dec 2008
21.9
Mar 2019
%Quarterly1998 - 2021
Austria
6.9
Aug 2021
6.7
Jul 2021
0.8
Aug 1974
12.8
Apr 2020
%Monthly1960 - 2021
Belarus
0.2
Dec 2020
0.2
Jul 2020
0.2
Mar 2020
4
Dec 1996
%Yearly1995 - 2020
Belgium
5.9
Jul 2021
6.2
Jun 2021
5.1
Aug 2020
11
Oct 1983
%Monthly1983 - 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina
32.54
Jul 2021
32.42
Jun 2021
32.42
Jun 2021
46.1
Feb 2013
%Monthly2007 - 2021

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