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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Data on unemployment in the UK.

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There were 1.31 million unemployed people in the UK in July to September 2019, down 23,000 from the previous quarter and down 72,000 from the year before.

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

Young people

500,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed, a similar level to the previous quarter and 23,000 more from the year before. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 11.9%.

Long-term unemployment

308,000 people had been unemployed for over 12 months, 34,000 less than the previous quarter and down 60,000 from a year ago.

Men and women

731,000 men were unemployed, a slight decrease from the previous quarter and a decrease of 17,000 from the year before.

575,000 women were unemployed, a fall of 14,000 from the previous quarter and a fall of 55,000 from a year ago.

The unemployment rate for men was 4.1% and the unemployment rate was 3.6% for women.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Brigid Francis-Devine

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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