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Monthly unemployment rate in the UK 2010-2020

In August 2020, the United Kingdom's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, the highest the rate has been since October 2016. While the long-term trend prior to 2020 was positive, in that unemployment fell significantly since the financial crisis, the full-impact damage that the Coronavirus pandemic will do to the UK labor market, is not yet fully known.

The full picture

Some indicators on how badly the UK economy will be affected by Coronavirus, include the monthly jobless claims, which increased by 850 thousand between March and April, and the dramatic 20.4 percent fall in monthly gross domestic product recorded in April 2020. The fact that over 9.1 million jobs are currently furloughed, with wages being paid by the UK government, also hides the true extent of the labor market situation at present.

International comparisons

In April 2020, the unemployment rate of the United States reached 14.7 percent, compared to 4.4 percent in March. Although there was a slight decrease in May, when unemployment fell to 13.3 percent, the situation is undoubtedly severe. In Europe, it is forecast that unemployment for the whole of continent will average at nine percent in 2020, with unemployment in Greece predicted to reach 19.9 percent, compared with four percent in Germany.

Monthly unemployment rate in the United Kingdom from January 2010 to August 2020

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Release date

November 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

January 2010 to August 2020

Age group

16 years and older

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