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).
ILO unemployment was 1.53 million people in the UK in February - April 2017, down 50,000 on the previous quarter and down 145,000 from the previous year.
The unemployment rate was 4.6% (the percentage of the economically active population who are unemployed), down 0.2 percentage points from the previous quarter and down 0.5 percentage points on February - April 2016.
There were 840,000 men unemployed in February - April 2017, down 26,000 on the previous quarter and 58,000 from a year earlier. 690,000 women were unemployed, down 24,000 on the previous quarter and down 87,000 from a year earlier.
564,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed in February - April 2017, down 57,000 on the previous year. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 12.5%, down from 13.6% a year before.
Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Author: Jennifer Brown