Unemployment rate

Proportion of economically active population that are unemployed

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) unemployment rate measures the proportion of the economically active population that are out of work and activity seeking work. On this page, we provide data on the unemployment rate of the adult population – those aged 16 plus. In the Jan 2020-Dec 2020 twelve-month period (the most recent data):

  • The North East unemployment rate was 6.5 per cent  
  • this was 1.9 percentage points above the England rate and the second highest rate among the eight core city LEPs
  • the North East rate had decreased by 1.6 percentage points compared to 2014
  • this was a similar percentage point decrease to nationally but was lower than all but one of the other seven core city LEPs
  • the North East rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than in the same period a year earlier, a larger increase than nationally

Within the North East, among local authority areas the unemployment rate ranged from 5.0 per cent in North Tyneside to 8.3 per cent in South Tyneside. Among constituencies, the rate was highest in North West Durham and Sedgefield (10.5 and 10.4 per cent, respectively). These rates are based on the resident economically active population and cover a twelve-month period, a quarter of which was before the economy was affected by Covid-19. For smaller areas, the statistics are based on quite limited sample sizes.  

Unemployment rate, North East LEP, England, core city LEPs

Last updated:
28/04/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  [Nomis, last updated 20 Apr 2021]

Data information: Unemployment rate expressed as a percentage of economically active adults. Based on core city LEPs, England excluding London and England



Unemployment rate, North East LEP local authorities

Last updated:
28/04/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  [Nomis, last updated 20 Apr 2021]

Data information: Unemployment rate expressed as a percentage of economically active adults. Based on local authority areas, North East LEP and England excluding London


Unemployment rate, North East LEP constituencies

Last updated:
28/04/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  [Nomis, last updated 20 Apr 2021]

Data information: Unemployment rate expressed as a percentage of economically active adults. Based on parliamentary constituencies. The rate for Hexham is estimated from rounded employment and economic activity totals as the unemployment total is based on a sample size too small for reliable estimate.