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Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Data on unemployment in the UK.

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There were 1.29 million unemployed people in the UK in March-May 2019, down 51,000 from the previous quarter and down 116,000 from the year before.

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

Young people

493,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed, unchanged from the previous quarter and down 27,000 from the year before. The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds was 11.6%.

Long-term unemployment

340,000 people had been unemployed for over 12 months, down slightly from the previous quarter and down 24,000 on a year ago.

Men and women

712,000 men were unemployed, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous quarter and down 42,000 from the year before.

580,000 women were unemployed, down 31,000 from the previous quarter and down 74,000 from a year ago.

Commons Briefing papers SN02797

Author: Niamh Foley

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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