Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.Jump to full report >>
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 August- October 2017, down 26,000 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 0.1% 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.
There were 783,000 men unemployed in August- October 2017, down slightly on the previous quarter and down 103,000 from a year earlier. 647,000 women were unemployed, down 21,000 on the previous quarter and down 80,000 from a year earlier.
523,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed in August- October 2017, down 60,000 on the previous year. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 12.0%, down from 13.0% the year before.
Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Author: Jennifer Brown