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The Bell-Blanchflower Underemployment Index - Quarter 2 2001 - Quarter 3 2014 - by gender and young people

Here are the latest data from the Bell-Blanchflower underemployment index from the 1st quarter 2014 Labour Force Survey. It is shown alongside the conventionally measured unemployment rate. Both series are seasonally adjusted.

The underemployment index measures the excess supply of hours in the economy. It adds together (i) the hours that the unemployed would work if they could find a job and (ii) the change in hours that those already in work would prefer to form a total measure of surplus hours. This is then expressed as a percentage of the sum of hours worked and surplus hours to give the underemployment rate.  
The BellBlanchflower data will be published each quarter by The Work Foundation. It is developed by Professor David N.F. Bell and Professor David G. Blanchflower.

See Unemployment v underemployment figures here


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Read the comment from Professor Geraint Johnes on last quarter's figures here

Key: UDR = underemployment rate and UNR = unemployment rate



Date
2001 q2
2001 q3
2001 q4
2002 q1
2002 q2
2002 q3
2002 q4
2003 q1
2003 q2
2003 q3
2003 q4
2004 q1
2004 q2
2004 q3
2004 q4
2005 q1
2005 q2
2005 q3
2005 q4
2006 q1
2006 q2
2006 q3
2006 q4
2007 q1
2007 q2
2007 q3
2007 q4
2008 q1
2008 q2
2008 q3
2008 q4
2009 q1
2009 q2
2009 q3
2009 q4
2010 q1
2010 q2
2010 q3
2010 q4
2011 q1
2011 q2
2011 q3
2011 q4
2012 q1
2012 q2
2012 q3
2012 q4
2013 q1
2013 q2
2013 q3
2013 q4
2014 q1
2014 q2
young UDR
15.8
15.8
16.6
16.4
16.1
16.7
16.5
17.2
17.1
16.9
16.2
16.7
16.5
16.5
16.7
16.3
17.3
17.6
18.6
18.3
19.1
19.1
19.2
19.6
19.4
19.5
19.4
19.2
19.4
20.9
22.2
24.2
26.3
26.7
26.1
27.2
26.7
26.8
28.3
28.1
28.6
29.8
30.3
30.1
30.1
29.1
29.6
29.8
30.0
29.6
28.2
26.6
24.8 
 young UNR
10.9
13.2
11.9
12.1
11.2
13.5
11.8
12.6
11.7
13.8
11.4
11.8
11.5
13.7
12.1
11.9
12.2
14.1
13.5
13.2
13.8
15.6
13.7
14.0
14.2
15.8
13.4
13.4
14.1
16.7
16.0
17.6
19.0
20.9
18.9
19.6
19.1
20.2
20.0
19.6
20.0
23.0
21.9
21.5
21.0
21.7
20.6
20.3
20.9
21.9
19.6
18.2
16.3
 men UDR
5.0
5.0
5.1
5.2
5.2
5.3
4.9
5.3
4.9
4.8
4.7
4.6
4.5
4.5
4.6
4.6
4.9
4.8
5.3
5.4
5.7
5.7
5.7
5.7
5.4
5.4
5.1
5.4
5.8
6.6
7.7
8.6
10.2
10.0
9.9
10.2
9.9
9.6
9.9
9.5
9.9
10.3
10.5
10.1
10.0
9.7
9.7
9.8
9.7
9.4
8.8
8.1
7.6 
men UNR
5.4
5.8
5.5
5.9
5.6
6.0
5.4
5.9
5.4
5.7
5.3
5.3
5.1
5.2
5.0
5.2
5.0
5.3
5.5
5.7
5.8
6.1
5.7
5.9
5.6
5.8
5.3
5.6
5.7
6.6
6.9
7.9
8.8
9.2
8.6
9.2
8.6
8.5
8.3
8.4
8.4
9.2
8.8
8.8
8.4
8.4
8.0
8.3
8.2
8.1
7.4
7.0
6.5
women UDR
4.9
4.9
4.9
4.8
4.9
5.0
4.9
4.8
4.7
4.7
4.5
4.7
4.5
4.4
4.5
4.4
4.9
4.7
5.1
5.4
5.9
5.9
6.0
6.1
5.9
5.8
5.7
5.8
5.8
6.5
7.1
7.9
8.6
8.7
8.6
8.8
8.8
9.4
9.5
9.2
9.9
10.2
10.5
10.3
10.3
10.0
10.1
10.2
10.0
9.7
9.2
9.0
8.6

 women UNR
4.2
4.8
4.4
4.4
4.3
4.9
4.5
4.4
4.1
4.8
4.2
4.3
4.2
4.6
4.2
4.1
4.2
4.5
4.5
4.7
4.9
5.3
5.1
5.1
4.9
5.3
4.8
4.7
4.7
5.6
5.5
6.1
6.4
6.8
6.5
6.6
6.7
7.3
7.0
6.9
7.1
7.8
7.6
7.5
7.3
7.6
7.2
7.2
7.0
7.5
6.7
6.3
5.9
2014 q3 23.88 16.35 7.31 6.32  7.98 5.67