This page brings together various datasets into interactive graphs.

We’re continually updating the data and adding new graphs as we work to build the UK’s most comprehensive data dashboard on the impact of Covid-19 and the response to it.

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Economy Data

Click on different items in the legend to turn them on or off on the graph, and hover over points in the graphs to see the figures.

The code and data used in this page are open source and available for anyone to use. They can be found here.

UK monthly GDP index, 2017-present

To put the numbers in perspective, annual GDP for the UK in 2019 was approximately £2.17 trillion, or £180 billion per month. This means that monthly GDP in the UK was on the order of ~£45 billion lower for April 2020 than it was for April 2019.

Source: ONS monthly GDP estimates.

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UK weekly Universal Credit claims and JSA claimants, 2020

There may be a delay before the full effect of Covid-19 restrictions on unemployment manifests, particularly because of stimulus packages such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. On the other hand, the number of new Universal Credit claims in the UK had a large spike during the height of the first lockdown, peaking at approximately 550k per week in late March. The total number of people claiming Job Seeker’s allowance (JSA) also rose sharply in May.

Source: Stat-Xplore.

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Government spending on Covid-19 economic stimulus packages, compared to NHS spending, 2018-19

Quantities on the vertical axis are measured in billions of pounds. CJRS stands for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. SEIS stands for Self-Employed Income Support.

The orange line is the total value of loans approved by the government on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), the Future Fund and the deferral of VAT payments scheme.

Sources: ONS Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employed Income Support statistics , ONS business loan scheme statistics, and House of Commons Library – NHS funding and expenditure.

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UK unemployment rate, 2007-present

Source: ONS unemployment rate.

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UK Redundancies, 2007-present

Source: Stat-Xplore.

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UK Claimant count, 2008-present

The Claimant count is a statistic that seeks to measure the number of people claiming benefits principally for the reason of being unemployed. Currently this is the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants, plus the number of Universal Credit claimants who are counted as searching for work.

Source: ONS employment in the UK.

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