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There were 1.52 million unemployed people in the UK in June-August 2020, an increase of 138,000 from the previous quarter and an increase of 209,000 from the year before.

The unemployment rate was 4.5%, (the percentage of the economically active population who are unemployed) the highest rate for over three years. This is up from 4.1% the previous quarter and 3.9% the previous year. The rate reached a post-recession high of 8.5% in late 2011.

Young people

581,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed, up 35,000 from the previous quarter and up 87,000 from the year before. The unemployment rate for 16‑24 year olds was 14.1%, up from 11.8% a year before.

Men and women

877,000 men were unemployed, up 127,000 from the previous quarter and up 149,000 from the year before. 646,000 women were unemployed, up 11,000 from the previous quarter and up 59,000 from a year ago.

The unemployment rate for men was 4.9% and the unemployment rate was 4.0% for women.


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