The unemployment rate in the UK edged up to 5 percent in the three months to November of 2020 from 4.9 percent in the previous period and slightly below forecasts of 5.1 percent. It is the 5th consecutive month of rising unemployment to a new high since the three months to August 2016, as a number of coronavirus lockdown measures were reintroduced. The employment rate continued to fall to 72.5 percent, the number of redundancies reached a record high of 14.2 thousand and vacancies fell to 578 thousand. Also, the number of people away from work because of the pandemic and receiving no pay has risen slightly over the last month. source: Office for National Statistics

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 6.86 percent from 1971 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 11.90 percent in April of 1984 and a record low of 3.40 percent in December of 1973. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2021.

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom is expected to be 7.80 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom to stand at 7.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 5.50 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

Ok
Trading Economics members can view, download and compare data from nearly 200 countries, including more than 20 million economic indicators, exchange rates, government bond yields, stock indexes and commodity prices.

The Trading Economics Application Programming Interface (API) provides direct access to our data. It allows API clients to download millions of rows of historical data, to query our real-time economic calendar, subscribe to updates and receive quotes for currencies, commodities, stocks and bonds.

Please Paste this Code in your Website
width
height
United Kingdom Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.00 4.90 11.90 3.40 1971 - 2020 percent Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-10-13 06:00 AM Aug 4.5% 4.1% 4.3% 4.2%
2020-11-10 07:00 AM Sep 4.8% 4.5% 4.8% 4.9%
2020-12-15 07:00 AM Oct 4.9% 4.8% 5.1% 5.0%
2021-01-26 07:00 AM Nov 5% 4.9% 5.1% 5.1%
2021-02-23 07:00 AM Dec 5% 5.5%
2021-03-23 07:00 AM Jan
2021-04-20 06:00 AM Feb
2021-05-18 06:00 AM Mar


News Stream
UK Jobless Rate Edges Up to 5%
The unemployment rate in the UK edged up to 5 percent in the three months to November of 2020 from 4.9 percent in the previous period and slightly below forecasts of 5.1 percent. It is the 5th consecutive month of rising unemployment to a new high since the three months to August 2016, as a number of coronavirus lockdown measures were reintroduced. The employment rate continued to fall to 72.5 percent, the number of redundancies reached a record high of 14.2 thousand and vacancies fell to 578 thousand. Also, the number of people away from work because of the pandemic and receiving no pay has risen slightly over the last month.
2021-01-26
UK Jobless Rate Rises Less than Expected
The unemployment rate in the UK increased to 4.9 percent in the three months to October of 2020, compared to 4.8 percent in the previous period and below forecasts of 5.1 percent. It is the highest jobless rate since the three months to August 2016, as the coronavirus continued to hit the labour market. The redundancies reached a record high of 370,000, and the employment rate continued to fall to 75.2 percent. At the same time, total hours worked had a record increase from the low levels in the previous quarter as the number of coronavirus lockdown measures were eased early in August and September. On a positive note, the number of people away from work because of the pandemic and receiving no pay has fallen since its peak in April and May 2020.
2020-12-15
UK Jobless Rate Rises to 4-Year High
The unemployment rate in the UK increased to 4.8 percent in the three months to September of 2020, higher than 4.5 percent in the previous period and 3.9 percent a year earlier. It is the highest jobless rate since the last quarter of 2016, amid the coronavirus-hit. Figures were in line with forecasts. July to September 2020 also showed a record number of redundancies (up by 181,000 to 314,000), while the employment rate continued to fall to 75.3 percent. The total number of weekly hours worked was 925 million, down 127.6 million hours on the previous year but up a record 83.1 million hours compared with the previous quarter.
2020-11-10
UK Jobless Rate Rises to Over 3-Year High of 4.5%
The UK unemployment rate increased to 4.5 percent in the three months to August 2020 from 4.1 percent in the previous period and above market expectations of 4.3 percent. It was the highest jobless rate since the three months to May 2017, as the coronavirus pandemic hit the labour market. For June to August 2020, an estimated 1.52 million people were unemployed, up 209,000 on the year and up 138,000 on the quarter. The number of people temporarily away from work rose to almost 7.3 million people in April to June 2020 but has fallen to 6.4 million people in June to August 2020. There were also around 192,000 people away from work because of the pandemic and receiving no pay in June to August 2020, this has fallen from 419,000 in April to June 2020. Redundancies jumped by a record 114,000 on the quarter and by 113,000 on the year. The annual increase was the largest since April to June 2009, with the number of redundancies reaching its highest level since May to July 2009.
2020-10-13

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.