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Number of people unemployed in the UK 1971-2020, by length of unemployment

In the three months to December 2020 there were just almost 1.08 million people in the United Kingdom who had been unemployed for less than six months, compared with, 309 thousand unemployed for between 6 and 12 months, and 363 thousand who were unemployed for more than a year.

Number of people unemployed in the United Kingdom from May 1992 to December 2020, by length of unemployment

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Release date

February 2021


United Kingdom

Survey time period

May 1992 to December 2020

Age group

16 and over

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