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 Oct 2019-Sep 2020 twelve-month period (the most recent data):

  • The North East unemployment rate was 6.3 per cent  
  • this was 2 percentage points above the England rate and the second highest rate among the eight core city LEPs
  • the North East rate had decreased by 2.1 percentage points compared to the same period in 2013/14
  • this was a similar percentage point decrease to nationally but was only the second lowest decrease among the eight 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 4.2 per cent in North Tyneside to 9.0 per cent in South Tyneside. Among constituencies, the rate was highest in South Shields and Newcastle upon Tyne Central (10.6 and 9.7 per cent, respectively). These rates are based on the resident economically active population and cover a twelve-month period, almost half of which was before the economy was affected by Covid-19.

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

Last updated:
27/01/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  Oct 19-Sep 20 [Nomis, last updated 26 January 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:
27/01/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  Oct 19-Sep 20 [Nomis, last updated 26 January 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:
27/01/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  Oct 19-Sep 20 [Nomis, last updated 26 January 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.