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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, September 13, 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).

1.46 million people in the UK were unemployed on the ILO definition in May-July 2017, down 75,000 on the previous quarter and down 175,000 from the previous year.

The unemployment rate was 4.3% (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 from the previous year.

The unemployment rate is currently at its lowest level since 1975.

 

Gender

There were 788,000 men unemployed in May-July 2017, down 52,000 on the previous quarter and down 111,000 from a year earlier.

667,000 women were unemployed, down 23,000 on the previous quarter and down 63,000 from a year earlier.

Youth

528,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed in May-July 2017, down 92,000 on the previous year. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 11.9%, down from 13.6% the year before.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Feargal McGuinness

Topic: Unemployment

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