Unemployment rate by London borough

Unemployment rate by London borough (2015-18 and 2018-21 Q3)

The borough with the highest average unemployment rate in the 2018-2021 Q3 period was Barnet (8.2%), replacing Tower Hamlets from the comparison period October 2015 to September 2018 (then 9.1%, now 6.2%). The borough with the lowest unemployment rate is Kingston upon Thames (3.8%). Merton had the lowest unemployment across 2015 to 2018 Q3 at 3.3%.

Unlike in previous quarters, change between our time periods now shows a mixed picture, with the large falls taking place in Tower Hamlets (-2.9ppts) and Kensington and Chelsea (-2.4ppts), whereas unemployment has seen rises in Barnet (+4.1ppts), Waltham Forest (+3.2ppts), Hillingdon (+2.7ppts), and Hammersmith and Fulham (+2ppts).

The figures presented here are averages of three-year periods, with each survey year representing 12 months between October and September quarters.