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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Data on unemployment in the UK.

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There were 1.33 million unemployed people in the UK in April-June 2019, up 31,000 from the previous quarter but down 33,000 from the year before.

The unemployment rate was 3.9% (the percentage of the economically active population who are unemployed). This was a small increase from 3.8% in the previous quarter, which was the joint lowest rate since 1975. The rate reached a post-recession high of 8.5% in late 2011.

Young people

502,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed, up 36,000 from the previous quarter and up 13,000 from the year before. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 11.6%.

Long-term unemployment

342,000 people had been unemployed for over 12 months, little changed from the previous quarter and down 13,000 from a year ago.

Men and women

740,000 men were unemployed, an increase of 40,000 from the previous quarter and an increase of 17,000 from the year before.

589,000 women were unemployed, and a slight fall from the previous quarter and a fall of 51,000 from a year ago.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Niamh Foley

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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