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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Data on unemployment in the UK.

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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.

UK unemployment rate

Young people

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.

Long-term unemployment

369,000 people had been unemployed for over 12 months, up slightly from the previous quarter but 17,000 fewer than a year ago.

Men and women

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.


Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Feargal McGuinness

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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