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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) definition of unemployment is the headline measure of unemployment in the UK. Another measure is the claimant count – the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (namely, Jobseeker’s Allowance or people claiming Universal Credit who are required to seek work).

1.43 million people in the UK were unemployed on the ILO definition in July- September 2017, down 59,000 on the previous quarter and down 182,000 on the previous year.

The unemployment rate was 4.3% (the percentage of the economically active population who are unemployed), down 0.2% points from the previous quarter and down 0.6% points from the previous year.

Unemployment has been falling over the past few years and the unemployment rate is now at its joint lowest point since 1975.

 

Gender

There were 770,000 men unemployed in July- September 2017, down 48,000 on the previous quarter and down 109,000 from a year earlier. 654,000 women were unemployed, down 12,000 on the previous quarter and down 73,000 from a year earlier.

Youth

517,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed in July- September 2017, down 71,000 on the previous year. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 11.9%, down from 13.1% the year before.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Jennifer Brown

Topic: Unemployment

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