Unemployment rate in the United Kingdom, by gender 2000-2019

Between 2000 and 2019 the unemployment rate for women in the United Kingdom has been consistently lower than that of men. For both genders the peak in unemployment was in the aftermath of the great recession reaching 7.5 percent for women in 2012 and 8.7 percent for men in 2010 and 2011. In 2019, the unemployment rate was generally quite similar at 4 percent for men and 3.6 percent for women.

Unemployment and age
The unemployment rate for people in the United Kingdom is heavily associated with age. For people aged between 16 and 24 years of age for example, the unemployment rate was 11.6 percent in 2018, compared with just 1.4 percent for over 65s. As with the overall unemployment rate, young men had a higher unemployment rate than women at 12.5 percent and 10.5 percent respectively.

Northern England worst for unemployment
While the unemployment rate for the entire UK was around four percent in late 2018, the two regions with the worst unemployment rate were the North East of England at 5.4 percent and Yorkshire and the Humber at 5.2 percent. Scotland and several areas of southern England had unemployment rates below the national average, with the East of England having the lowest at 2.8 percent.

Unemployment rate by gender in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2019

MenWomen
20194%3.6%
20184.1%4%
20174.5%4.3%
20165%4.8%
20155.5%5.2%
20146.4%5.9%
20138.1%7.1%
20128.4%7.5%
20118.7%7.4%
20108.7%6.9%
20098.6%6.5%
20086.2%5.2%
20075.6%5%
20065.8%5.1%
20055.2%4.4%
20045.1%4.3%
20035.6%4.4%
20025.7%4.5%
20015.6%4.4%
20005.9%4.9%
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Source

Release date

February 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

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