About This Statistic
This statistic shows the unemployment rate as a percentage of the total workforce, by gender, in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2016. The rate for women was consistently lower than that of men during this time period. With a low of 4.3 percent in 2004 and a high in 2012 of 7.5 percent, the trend for women is an upward one. Likewise for men, who had a low of 5.1 percent, also in 2004, and a peak in 2010 and 2011 at 8.7 percent. Since 2012 both genders have experienced a negative trend to unemployment. A similar trend occurred with monthly unemployment rates, over the course of two years and nine months, the unemployment rate of men and women dropped by 2.2 percent and 1.8 percent respectively. Regional unemployment rates shows that the North East of England had the highest rate of unemployment for men at 8.3 percent, whereas 6.7 percent of women in London were unemployed.