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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Friday, March 17, 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).

ILO unemployment was 1.58 million people in the UK in November 2016- January 2017, down 31,000 on the previous quarter and down 106,000 from the previous year.

The unemployment rate was 4.7% (the percentage of the economically active population who are unemployed), down slightly from the previous quarter and down 0.3 percentage points on December 2015 to January 16.

Gender

There were 867,000 men unemployed in November 2016- January 2017, down 21,000 on the previous quarter and 56,000 from a year earlier. 717,000 women were unemployed, down 10,000 on the previous quarter and down 50,000 from a year earlier.

Youth

554,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed in November 2016- January 2017, down 78,000 on the previous year. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 12.3%, down from 13.7% a year before.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Jennifer Brown

Topic: Unemployment

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