Data on unemployment in the UK.Jump to full report >>
There were 1.42 million unemployed people in the UK in February-April 2018, a decrease of 38,000 from the previous quarter and down 115,000 from the year before.
The unemployment rate was 4.2% (the percentage of the economically active population who are unemployed). This is the joint lowest rate since 1975. The rate reached a post-recession high of 8.5% in late 2011.
520,000 young people aged 16‑24 were unemployed, 17,000 fewer than the previous quarter and down 43,000 from a year ago. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 11.9%, down from 12.5% a year ago.
369,000 people had been unemployed for over 12 months, up slightly from the previous quarter but 17,000 fewer than a year ago.
There were 767,000 men unemployed in February-April 2018, a slight increase from the previous quarter but down 73,000 from a year ago.
649,000 women were unemployed, down 47,000 from the previous quarter and down 41,000 from the year before.