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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.

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Please note this paper will not be updated over the dissolution period.

New data relevant to this paper will be published on 17 May 2017. You can find the latest information in the source material: ONS, UK labour market: May 2017 table A05 and A06.

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 1.56 million people in the UK in December 2016- February 2017, down 45,000 on the previous quarter and down 141,000 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 0.4 percentage points on December 2015 to February 2016.

Gender

There were 853,000 men unemployed in December 2016- February 2017, down 30,000 on the previous quarter and 76,000 from a year earlier. 706,000 women were unemployed, down 15,000 on the previous quarter and down 65,000 from a year earlier.

Youth

558,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed in December 2016- February 2017, down 72,000 on the previous year. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 12.4%, down from 13.7% a year before.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Jennifer Brown

Topic: Unemployment

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