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UK Unemployment - Some stats at a glimpse

Updated on March 9, 2011


Unemployment in UK increased a bit unexpectedly in the recent past. Hence, it also increased the number of persons that claim unemployment benefits or unemployment doles. In this article, I have not written something from my creative side, I have just compiled some number crunching from different websites, especially from the (will all due respect).

The purpose for creating this article is to help those people, searching for the statistics, in a more comprehensive way. Stats about unemployment in UK have been gathered from different websites and been given in this article in different categories to have you people assisted with a glimpse of your eye. I hope you will find my article helpful.

About unemployment in UK

According to the official data of United Kingdom (UK), the number of British people that claim unemployment benefit and doles rose tremendously in the month of January. This increase was against all the anticipations and forecasts. The analysts forecasted a drop of around 3,000 people (that claim unemployment benefits in UK), but the figures showed otherwise, the statistics that were given by ‘The Office for National Statistics’ speak that despite that anticipated fall of 3,000 people claiming unemployment benefits, approximately the numbers are increased by 2,400 people in the month of January.

Increase in Unemployment has some numbers crunched for us, and it tells that:


“The unemployment rate for the three months to December 2010 was 7.9 per cent, up 0.1 on the quarter. The total number of unemployed people increased by 44,000 over the quarter to reach 2.49 million."

Unemployment with reference to AGE

“The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to December 2010 was 70.5 per cent, down 0.3 on the quarter. The number of people in employment aged 16 and over fell by 68,000 on the quarter to reach 29.12 million.”

About Full time and Part-time Employees

About the statistics of people working full-time and people who are part-time and with reference to gender as well, this website gives us the figures as:

“The number of employees working full-time increased by 66,000 on the quarter to reach 18.23 million, with both men and women showing increases on the quarter. The number of employees working part-time fell by 62,000 on the quarter to reach 6.69 million. This fall in part-time employees occurred entirely among women. The number of self-employed people fell by 49,000 on the quarter to reach 3.98 million. The number of employees and self-employed people who were working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by 44,000 on the quarter to reach 1.19 million, the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992.

For age group of 16-24

Apart from these statistics, the numbers about the young Britons (British people) of age group of 16-24 are a quite shocking too. The unemployment rate in this age group among 16-24 rose to 965,000 in three months to December 2010. These figures are the highest since 1992 and it leaves 1 in every 5 young Britons out work (who is not getting education).

It seems that the UK’s economy, like others, is not been totally recovered from that dent of ‘Global Financial Crisis’ that hit almost all the world and developed economies. Although, UK’s economy still performed a lot better than many other economies, in these days of utmost depression. While many economies are still in the recovery phase, some are not even in the position to think of recovery, UK’s economy showed sign of optimism and soon this unemployment rate will be treated and managed well enough for the betterment of many Britons.


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      Allen Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

      Statistics often speak louder than opinions and polls. Thanks for the info. Peace

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @ Sarclair ... Yeah that really was a big difference. Their anticipation think tank was indeed a failure in forecasting that.

      and you're welcome :)

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @ Fay Paxton ... yes we can only hope for the betterment :)

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      sarclair 6 years ago

      There is a big difference between a 3,000 decrease and a 2,400 increase. Thanks for the hub.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      I hope you're right and things are looking up for everyone.