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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Data on unemployment in the UK.

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There were 1.37 million unemployed people in the UK in September-November 2018, a slight increase from the previous quarter but down 68,000 from the year before.

The unemployment rate was 4.0% (the percentage of the economically active population who are unemployed). This is the joint lowest rate since 1975. After the 2008 economic downturn, the rate reached a high of 8.5% in late 2011.

Young people

511,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed, up 47,000 from the previous quarter but down 27,000 from the year before. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 11.7%.

Long-term unemployment

347,000 people had been unemployed for over 12 months, slightly fewer than the previous quarter and 37,000 fewer than a year ago.

Men and women

738,000 men were unemployed, a similar level to the previous quarter but down 31,000 from a year ago.

634,000 women were unemployed, a similar level to the the previous quarter but down 37,000 from a year ago.

The unemployment rates were similar for men and women. In September-November 2018, it was 4.1% for men and 4.0% for women.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Andy Powell

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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