Unemployment rate of the United Kingdom 2000-2018

The unemployment rate of the United Kingdom in 2018 was 4.1 percent, the lowest it has been since the mid-1970s. From 2000 until the 2008 financial crash the unemployment rate in the UK fluctuated between 4.8 and 5.7 percent, before it rose suddenly in 2009 to 7.6 percent. After peaking at 8.1 percent in 2011, the unemployment rate gradually declined before returning to the levels seen in the early 2000s by 2015.

Unemployment remains low in 2019

In the first quarter of 2019 the unemployment rate in the United Kingdom fell even further, to 3.8 percent, before increasing slightly in the second quarter to 3.9 percent. This amounted to approximately 1.3 million people unemployed people, which was around 700 thousand fewer than it was just five years earlier.

Demographics of the unemployed

Between 2000 and 2018, women have consistently had a lower unemployment rate than that of men. During the financial crisis at the end of the last decade for example, the unemployment rate for women peaked at 7.5 percent, whereas for men the rate was 8.6 percent. Young people are also far more vulnerable to unemployment, with the rate for those aged between 16-24 far higher than it is for older age groups.

Unemployment rate in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2018

Unemployment rate
20184.1%
20174.4%
20164.9%
20155.4%
20146.2%
20137.6%
20128%
20118.1%
20107.9%
20097.6%
20085.7%
20075.3%
20065.4%
20054.8%
20044.8%
20035%
20025.2%
20015.1%
20005.4%
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Source

Release date

February 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Age group

16 years and older

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