U.K. Unemployment Rate 1991-2024

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • U.K. unemployment rate for 2022 was 3.57%, a 1.26% decline from 2021.
  • U.K. unemployment rate for 2021 was 4.83%, a 0.35% increase from 2020.
  • U.K. unemployment rate for 2020 was 4.47%, a 0.73% increase from 2019.
  • U.K. unemployment rate for 2019 was 3.74%, a 0.26% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
French Polynesia 13.10%
Spain 13.01%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 12.38%
New Caledonia 12.27%
Greece 12.16%
Bahamas 10.06%
Panama 8.79%
Barbados 8.20%
Italy 8.09%
Uruguay 7.84%
Chile 7.78%
France 7.45%
Sweden 7.36%
Brunei 7.20%
Cyprus 6.98%
Channel Islands 6.92%
Finland 6.80%
Croatia 6.75%
Argentina 6.49%
Latvia 6.43%
Guam 6.13%
Slovak Republic 6.09%
Puerto Rico 5.97%
Estonia 5.85%
Portugal 5.78%
Saudi Arabia 5.64%
Belgium 5.63%
Lithuania 5.57%
Canada 5.21%
Hong Kong 5.06%
Austria 4.71%
Luxembourg 4.70%
Ireland 4.36%
Switzerland 4.20%
Slovenia 4.18%
Denmark 4.17%
Trinidad and Tobago 3.98%
Iceland 3.81%
Australia 3.66%
United States 3.61%
United Kingdom 3.57%
Netherlands 3.54%
Israel 3.48%
Hungary 3.42%
New Zealand 3.25%
Norway 3.17%
Germany 2.99%
Malta 2.81%
South Korea 2.79%
Singapore 2.76%
UAE 2.75%
Japan 2.64%
Macao 2.63%
Poland 2.60%
Kuwait 2.48%
Czech Republic 2.37%
Oman 2.33%
Bahrain 1.40%
Qatar 0.10%
U.K. Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2022 3.57% -1.26%
2021 4.83% 0.35%
2020 4.47% 0.73%
2019 3.74% -0.26%
2018 4.00% -0.33%
2017 4.33% -0.48%
2016 4.81% -0.49%
2015 5.30% -0.81%
2014 6.11% -1.41%
2013 7.52% -0.36%
2012 7.88% -0.16%
2011 8.04% 0.25%
2010 7.79% 0.25%
2009 7.54% 1.92%
2008 5.62% 0.36%
2007 5.26% -0.09%
2006 5.35% 0.60%
2005 4.75% 0.16%
2004 4.59% -0.22%
2003 4.81% -0.23%
2002 5.04% 0.34%
2001 4.70% -0.86%
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% 0.58%
1992 9.77% 1.22%
1991 8.55% 1.22%