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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Data on unemployment in the UK.

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There were 1.30 million unemployed people in the UK in January-March 2019, down 65,000 from the previous quarter and down 119,000 from the year before.

The unemployment rate was 3.8% (the percentage of the economically active population who are unemployed) – the lowest rate since 1975. The rate reached a post-recession high of 8.5% in late 2011.

Young people

467,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed, down 43,000 from the previous quarter and down 57,000 from the year before. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 10.8%.

Long-term unemployment

346,000 people had been unemployed for over 12 months, little change from the previous quarter and down 11,000 on a year ago.

Men and women

701,000 men were unemployed, down 45,000 from the previous quarter and down 50,000 from the year before.

 597,000 women were unemployed, down 20,000 from the previous quarter and down 69,000 from a year ago.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Niamh Foley

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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