UK unemployment remains at 4.2%

  • Unemployment rate is 4.2 per cent
  • The employment rate of 75.7% highest since 1971
  • 32.40 million people in work
  • 388,000 more than for last year

The unemployment rate has remained at 4.2 per cent for the period March to May 2018, down from 4.5% a year earlier, but still the joint lowest since 1975.

The employment rate was 75.7%, higher than a year earlier (74.9%) and the highest since 1971, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

UK employment rates from 1971 to 2018

UK employment rates since 1971
Source: Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics

32.4 million people in work

In the period March to May 2018 there were 32.40 million people in work, 137,000 more than for December 2017 to February 2018 and 388,000 more than for a year earlier.

There were 1.41 million out of work, 12,000 fewer than for December 2017 to February 2018 and 84,000 fewer than a year earlier.

UK labour market statistics for March to May 2018

UK labour market statistics
Source: Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics

The average total pay (including bonuses) for employees in Great Britain was £517 per week before tax and other deductions, up from £505 per week a year earlier.