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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Data on unemployment in the UK.

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There were 1.36 million unemployed people in the UK in April-June 2018, a decrease of 65,000 from the previous quarter and down 124,000 from the year before.

The unemployment rate was 4.0% (the percentage of the economically active population who are unemployed). This is the lowest rate since 1975. The rate reached a post-recession high of 8.5% in late 2011.

Young people

492,000 young people aged 16‑24 were unemployed, down 39,000 from the previous quarter and down 53,000 from a year ago. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 11.3%, the lowest this has been since comparable records began in 1992.

Long-term unemployment

356,000 people had been unemployed for over 12 months, a similar level to the previous quarter and 18,000 fewer than a year ago.

Men and women

721,000 men were unemployed in April-June 2018, down 35,000 from the previous quarter and down 97,000 from a year ago.

639,000 women were unemployed, down 30,000 from the previous quarter and down 27,000 from the year before.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Andy Powell

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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