Unemployment

Unemployment is one of Britain’s biggest social problems. With every unemployed person costing the taxpayer around £9,000 per year, supporting people back into work is a pressing priority.

The unemployment rate for those aged 16 and over for February to April 2016 was 5.0%.

For February to April 2016, there were:

  • 1.67 million unemployed people, 20,000 fewer than for the 3 months to January 2016 and 148,000 fewer than for a year earlier
  • 892,000 unemployed men, 31,000 fewer than for the 3 months to January 2016 and 113,000 fewer than for a year earlier
  • 779,000 unemployed women, 12,000 more than for the 3 months to January 2016 but 35,000 fewer than for a year earlier

Find out more data on unemployment at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peoplenotinwork/unemployment