United Kingdom: Labor force

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 United Kingdom

Labor force, million people

 Latest value 34.46
 Year 2022
 Measure million people
 Data availability 1990 - 2022
 Average 31.36
 Min - Max 28.76 - 34.7
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for the United Kingdom from 1990 to 2022. The average value for the United Kingdom during that period was 31.36 million people with a minimum of 28.76 million people in 1994 and a maximum of 34.7 million people in 2019. The latest value from 2022 is 34.46 million people. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 176 countries is 19.35 million people. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
United Kingdom - Labor force - recent values

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United Kingdom - Labor force - historical chart - 1990-2022




Definition: Labor force comprises people ages 15 and older who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period. It includes people who are currently employed and people who are unemployed but seeking work as well as first-time job-seekers. Not everyone who works is included, however. Unpaid workers, family workers, and students are often omitted, and some countries do not count members of the armed forces. Labor force size tends to vary during the year as seasonal workers enter and leave.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Labor force 34.46 2022 million people
 Unemployment rate 3.57 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 3.45 2022 percent
 Male unemployment 3.68 2022 percent
 Youth unemployment 9.94 2022 percent
 Labor force participation 62.35 2022 percent
 Labor force: percent female 47.86 2022 percent
 Female labor force participation 58.53 2022 percent
 Male labor force participation 66.32 2022 percent
 Employment 33.20 9/2023 million employed people
 Unemployment rate 4.00 9/2023 percent
 Labor cost 215.41 9/2023 index points
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