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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Data on unemployment in the UK.

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There were 1.38 million unemployed people in the UK in August-October 2018, an increase of 20,000 from the previous quarter but down 49,000 from the year before.

The unemployment rate was 4.1% (the percentage of the economically active population who are unemployed). This is up slightly from the previous quarter, but is still very low by historical standards.

Young people

499,000 young people aged 16‑24 were unemployed in August-October 2018, up 10,000 from the previous quarter but down 24,000 from a year ago. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 11.5%.

Long-term unemployment

352,000 people had been unemployed for over 12 months, slightly fewer than the previous quarter and 23,000 fewwer than a year ago.

Men and women

747,000 men were unemployed, up 29,000 from the previous quarter but down 20,000 from a year ago.

631,000 women were unemployed, up 27,000 from the previous quarter and up 16,000 from a year ago.

The unemployment rates were similar for men and women. In August-October 2018, it was 4.3% for men and 4.1% for women.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Olivia Phelan

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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