Data on unemployment in the UK.Jump to full report >>
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.
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%.
347,000 people had been unemployed for over 12 months, slightly fewer than the previous quarter and 37,000 fewer than a year ago.
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.