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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Data on unemployment in the UK.

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There were 1.36 million unemployed people in the UK in June-August 2018, a decrease of 47,000 from the previous quarter and down 79,000 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

464,000 young people aged 16‑24 were unemployed in June-August 2018, down 60,000 from the previous quarter and down 60,000 from a year ago. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 10.8%, the lowest rate since comparable records began in 1992.

Long-term unemployment

355,000 people had been unemployed for over 12 months, down 10,000 from the previous quarter and 26,000 fewer than a year ago.

Men and women

733,000 men were unemployed, down 23,000 from the previous quarter and down 42,000 from a year ago.

630,000 women were unemployed, down 24,000 from the previous quarter and down 38,000 from a year ago.

The unemployment rates were very similar for men and women. In June-August 2018, it was 4.1% for men and 4.0% for women.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Feargal McGuinness

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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