The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the UK increased by 10.1 thousand in March of 2021, following an 86.6 thousand surge in February which was the highest since last May. The claimant count rate came in at 7.3 percent, the same as in February. source: Office for National Statistics

Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom averaged 3.59 Thousand from 1971 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 858.10 Thousand in April of 2020 and a record low of -98.50 Thousand in November of 1996. This page provides the latest reported value for - United Kingdom Claimant Count Change - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United Kingdom Claimant Count Change - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2021.

Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom is expected to be -86.00 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 -60.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Claimant Count Change is projected to trend around -26.00 Thousand in 2022 and -12.00 Thousand in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Claimant Count Change

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
10.10 86.60 858.10 -98.50 1971 - 2021 Thousand Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-01-26 07:00 AM Dec 7K 38.1K 35K 40K
2021-02-23 07:00 AM Jan -20K -20.4K 25K
2021-03-23 07:00 AM Feb 86.6K -20.8K -17K
2021-04-20 06:00 AM Mar 10.1K 86.6K 150K
2021-05-18 06:00 AM Apr 10.1K
2021-06-15 06:00 AM May
2021-07-15 06:00 AM Jun
2021-08-17 06:00 AM Jul


News Stream
UK Claimant Count Rises Less in March
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the UK increased by 10.1 thousand in March of 2021, following an 86.6 thousand surge in February which was the highest since last May. The claimant count rate came in at 7.3 percent, the same as in February.
2021-04-20
UK Claimant Count Rises the Most in 9 Months
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the UK increased by 86.6 thousand to 2.7 million in February of 2021, the biggest rise since last May, following an upwardly revised 20.8 thousand decrease in January. This represents a monthly rise of 3.3% and a yearly rise of 116.3%, or 1.4 million as the country reinstated lockdowns at the beginning of January. Since February 2020, the number of payroll employees has fallen by 693,000 with the largest falls seen at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021-03-23
UK Claimant Count Falls in January
The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the UK declined by 20 thousand to 2.6 million in January of 2021. It follows a revised 20.4 thousand fall in December amid ongoing lockdown restrictions. This represents a monthly decrease of 0.8% but an increase of 109.4%, or 1.4 million, since March 2020. Since February 2020, the number of payroll employees has fallen by 726,000.
2021-02-23
UK Claimant Count Rises for 2nd Month
The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the UK increased by 7 thousand to 2.6 million in December of 2020. It follows a downwardly revised 38.1 thousand rise in November when the country was under a second national coronavirus lockdown. This represents a monthly increase of 0.3 percent and an increase of 113.2 percent, or 1.4 million, since March of 2020. Since February 2020, 828,000 fewer people were in payrolled employment.
2021-01-26

United Kingdom Claimant Count Change
Claimant count in the United Kingdom measures the change in the number of people claiming unemployment related benefits.