The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the UK increased by 28.3 thousand in March of 2019, following a downwardly revised 26.7 thousand gain in the previous month and compared to market expectations of a 20 thousand rise. It is the highest monthly increase since July of 2011. Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom averaged 0.92 Thousand from 1971 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 142.80 Thousand in February of 2009 and a record low of -98.50 Thousand in November of 1996.
Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom is expected to be 7.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom to stand at 10.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Claimant Count Change is projected to trend around 8.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.