U.K. Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • U.K. unemployment rate for 2018 was 3.95%, a 0.38% decline from 2017.
  • U.K. unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.34%, a 0.48% decline from 2016.
  • U.K. unemployment rate for 2016 was 4.81%, a 0.49% decline from 2015.
  • U.K. unemployment rate for 2015 was 5.30%, a 0.81% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Greece 19.21%
Spain 15.49%
New Caledonia 13.62%
French Polynesia 12.02%
Bahamas 11.85%
Puerto Rico 11.44%
Italy 10.21%
Barbados 9.57%
Argentina 9.48%
Brunei 9.22%
France 9.18%
Croatia 8.85%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 8.41%
Cyprus 8.11%
Uruguay 7.96%
Latvia 7.86%
Finland 7.76%
Channel Islands 7.29%
Chile 7.22%
Portugal 6.86%
Slovak Republic 6.76%
Sweden 6.44%
Belgium 6.32%
Lithuania 6.01%
Canada 5.92%
Saudi Arabia 5.92%
Ireland 5.69%
Guam 5.61%
Slovenia 5.51%
Estonia 5.51%
Luxembourg 5.47%
Australia 5.39%
Denmark 4.98%
Switzerland 4.88%
Austria 4.79%
Malta 4.58%
New Zealand 4.52%
United Kingdom 3.95%
Israel 3.95%
United States 3.93%
Panama 3.92%
Norway 3.92%
Netherlands 3.88%
South Korea 3.80%
Singapore 3.77%
Poland 3.67%
Hungary 3.66%
Germany 3.43%
Oman 3.11%
Iceland 2.92%
Trinidad and Tobago 2.83%
Hong Kong 2.78%
UAE 2.58%
Japan 2.45%
Czech Republic 2.40%
Kuwait 2.08%
Macao 2.02%
Bahrain 0.96%
Qatar 0.14%
U.K. Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2018 3.95% -0.38%
2017 4.34% -0.48%
2016 4.81% -0.49%
2015 5.30% -0.81%
2014 6.11% -1.42%
2013 7.53% -0.36%
2012 7.89% -0.15%
2011 8.04% 0.25%
2010 7.79% 0.25%
2009 7.54% 1.92%
2008 5.62% 0.35%
2007 5.26% -0.09%
2006 5.35% 0.60%
2005 4.75% 0.16%
2004 4.59% -0.21%
2003 4.81% -0.23%
2002 5.04% 0.34%
2001 4.70% -0.87%
2000 5.56% -0.48%
1999 6.04% -0.16%
1998 6.20% -0.87%
1997 7.07% -1.12%
1996 8.19% -0.50%
1995 8.69% -0.96%
1994 9.65% -0.70%
1993 10.35% 0.57%
1992 9.78% 1.23%
1991 8.55% 1.23%