The unemployment rate in the UK edged higher to 3.6% in the three months to September of 2022 from 3.5% in the previous period, which was a new low since 1974. Figures compare with market forecasts of 3.5%. The number of people unemployed for all duration categories decreased in the latest three-month period while the economic inactivity rate increased to 21.6%, driven by those who are long-term sick, who increased to a record high. Employment fell by 52K, twice the market forecast of a 25K drop and the employment rate was 75.5%, largely unchanged on the previous quarter. The number of employees decreased, while self-employed workers rose. Meanwhile, payrolled employees increased 74,000 on the September figures, to a record 29.8 million. Vacancies fell for a fourth consecutive quarter to 1,225,000, but hold at historically high levels. An increasing number of businesses are now reporting holding back recruitment because of economic pressures. source: Office for National Statistics

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 6.77 percent from 1971 until 2022, 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 December of 2022.

Unemployment Rate in the United Kingdom is expected to be 3.80 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 5.00 percent in 2023 and 6.00 percent in 2024, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Unemployment Rate



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2022-10-11 06:00 AM Aug 3.5% 3.6% 3.6% 3.6%
2022-11-15 07:00 AM Sep 3.6% 3.5% 3.5% 3.6%
2022-12-13 07:00 AM Oct 3.6% 3.7%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Unemployment Rate 3.60 3.50 percent Sep 2022
Unemployed Persons 1536.20 1532.90 Thousand Oct 2022
Employed Persons 32739.00 32754.00 Thousand Aug 2022
Part Time Employment 8142.00 8145.00 Thousand Aug 2022
Full Time Employment 24597.00 24609.00 Thousand Aug 2022
Claimant Count Change 3.30 3.90 Thousand Oct 2022
Employment Rate 75.50 75.50 percent Aug 2022
Labor Force Participation Rate 78.40 78.30 percent Aug 2022
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.80 9.00 percent Aug 2022
Productivity 101.80 101.40 points Jun 2022
Labour Costs 112.10 109.60 points Mar 2022
Job Vacancies 1225.00 1241.00 Thousand Sep 2022
Wages 621.00 618.00 GBP/Week Sep 2022
Wages in Manufacturing 677.00 672.00 GBP/Week Sep 2022
Wage Growth 6.00 6.10 percent Sep 2022
Population 67.53 67.08 Million Dec 2021
Non Farm Payrolls 74.22 93.60 Thousand Oct 2022
Average Weekly Hours 31.70 31.90 Hours Aug 2022
Employment Change -52.00 -109.00 Thousand Aug 2022

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.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.60 3.50 11.90 3.40 1971 - 2022 percent Monthly

News Stream
UK Jobless Rate Edges Higher to 3.6%
The unemployment rate in the UK edged higher to 3.6% in the three months to September of 2022 from 3.5% in the previous period, which was a new low since 1974. Figures compare with market forecasts of 3.5%. The number of people unemployed for all duration categories decreased in the latest three-month period while the economic inactivity rate increased to 21.6%, driven by those who are long-term sick, who increased to a record high. Employment fell by 52K, twice the market forecast of a 25K drop and the employment rate was 75.5%, largely unchanged on the previous quarter. The number of employees decreased, while self-employed workers rose. Meanwhile, payrolled employees increased 74,000 on the September figures, to a record 29.8 million. Vacancies fell for a fourth consecutive quarter to 1,225,000, but hold at historically high levels. An increasing number of businesses are now reporting holding back recruitment because of economic pressures.
2022-11-15
UK Unemployment Rate Edges Lower to 3.5%
The jobless rate in the UK fell to 3.5% in the three months to August of 2022, a new low since 1974, and below 3.6% in the previous period and market forecasts of 3.6%. The economic inactivity rate increased by 0.6 percentage points or by 252K to 21.7%, the most since records began in 1971, either because people were sick or because they were students. Meanwhile, job vacancies fell by 46K to 1,246,000, the largest fall since June to August 2020 although the number of vacancies remains at historically high levels. The number of unemployed people per vacancy fell to a record low of 0.9. Also, there was an increase in people unemployed between 6 and 12 months while there were decreases for short-term (up to 6 months) and long-term (over 12 months) unemployment.
2022-10-11
UK Unemployment Rate Lowest since 1974
The jobless rate in the UK fell to 3.6% in the three months to July of 2022, the lowest since 1974, from 3.8% in the previous period and compared to market forecasts of 3.8% as the number of people who are no longer looking for work increased. The so-called inactivity rate rose to 21.7%, the highest since 2017 driven by students or long-term sick. Meanwhile, the employment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 75.4% and is still below pandemic levels, mainly due to a fall in part-time employment. The number of people unemployed for up to six months decreased to a record low and the number of people unemployed for over 12 months continued to decline. On the other hand, those unemployed between 6 and 12 months increased. Also, job vacancies in June to August 2022 were 1,266,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the previous quarter and the largest quarterly fall from June to August 2020.
2022-09-13