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 April 2019-March 2020 twelve-month period (the most recent data), the North East unemployment rate was 5.5%  
  • this was above the England and England excluding London rates and the second highest rate among the eight core city LEPs
  • the North East rate had decreased by 3.9 percentage points compared to the same period in 2013/14
  • this was a larger percentage point decrease than nationally and the fourth largest decrease among the core city LEPs
  • the North East rate was slightly higher than in the same period a year earlier, while across England the rate had decreased slightly

Within the North East, among local authority areas the unemployment rate ranged from 2.3% in North Tyneside to 6.8% in South Tyneside. Among constituencies, the rate was lowest in Tynemouth (1.5%) and highest in Newcastle upon Tyne Central. These figures relate to the resident population.

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

Last updated:
15/10/2020
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey Apr 19-Mar 20  [Nomis, last updated on 16 July 2020]

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:
15/10/2020
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey Apr 19-Mar 20  [Nomis, last updated on 16 July 2020]

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:
15/10/2020
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey Apr 19-Mar 20  [Nomis, last updated on 16 July 2020]

Data information: Unemployment rate expressed as a percentage of economically active adults. Based on parliamentary constituencies