Unemployment rate by London borough (2015-18 and 2018-21 Q1)
The borough with the average highest unemployment rate in the 2018-2021 period was Waltham Forest (9.6%), replacing Tower Hamlets from the comparison period April 2015 to March 2018, whose average unemployment rate sits now below the London average at 4.7%. The borough with the lowest unemployment rate remained Richmond upon Thames (3.1%).
Unlike in previous quarters’, change between our time periods now shows a mixed picture, with the large falls taking place in Tower Hamlets (-4.6ppts) and Kensington and Chelsea (-2.8ppts), whereas unemployment has seen rises in Waltham Forest (+4.7ppts), Hillingdon (+2ppts), and Hammersmith and Fulham (+2.2ppts).
The figures presented here are averages of three-year periods, with each survey year representing 12 months between April and March Quarters.