Unemployment rate by London borough

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 9 October 2020

Unemployment rate by London borough (2014-17 and 2017-20 (Q1))

In 2020, the borough with the average highest unemployment rate was Kensington and Chelsea at 6.6%. The borough with the lowest unemployment rate was Richmond upon Thames at 3.4%. The figures presented here are averages of the three years up to the stated year. 

In most London boroughs, unemployment fell between 2017 and 2020. The largest falls were seen in both Tower Hamlets and Barking and Dagenham with a drop in unemployment rate by 3.8 percentage points. Following these two boroughs, Newham saw unemployment reduced by 2.8 percentage points. 

Unemployment rose the most in Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham, where rates were 0.5 percentage points higher in 2020 than in 2017.