Unemployment rate, by sex, age, country, region, country of birth, and persons with disabilities

Some of the data in this indicator are seasonally adjusted data. The purpose of seasonal adjustment is to remove systematic calendar-related variation associated with the time of the year (i.e., seasonal effects). This allows comparisons between consecutive time periods. Not all data is seasonally adjusted - disability and country of birth are not, and non-seasonally adjusted headline figures of unemployed people aged 16 and over are included, as well as non-seasonally adjusted disaggregated data for age and sex. Seasonally adjusted figures are the headline figures, non-seasonally adjusted are for reference when using the disaggregations which have not been seasonally adjusted.


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Headline data

Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)


The population totals used for the latest LFS estimates use projected growth rates from Real Time Information (RTI) data for EU and non EU populations based on 2021 patterns. The total population used for the LFS therefore does not take into account any changes in migration, birth rates, death rates, and so on, since June 2021, so levels estimates may be under or over estimating the true values and should be used with caution. Estimates of rates will, however, be robust.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

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