The growth in the UK has been almost flat for a very long time, but an invisible enemy called COVID-19 made it worse for the UK. The UK GDP plummeted 20,4 percent in Q2 of 2020, and that drop is the biggest since the records began in 1955.
The drop means that the UK, like the US, is officially in a recession. People were told to stay at home and that is expensive. Private consumption accounted for more than 70 percent of the decline in the GDP in the UK, and that is down by 23,1 percent. Fixed capital formation also plummeted -25,5 percent.
At the same time, there is good news from the UK. Industrial production skyrocketed 9,3 percent month-over-month in June 2020. That is the biggest jump in industrial output since March 1972. The jump came after the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
More good news; manufacturing grew 11 percent, and that is the largest increase since records began in January 1968.
The unemployment rate in the UK came in yesterday, and it stood at 3,9 percent in Q2 of 2020. The unemployment rate is unchanged from the previous three-month period and below market ecpectations of 4,2 percent, as many people gave up looking for a job and who were therefore not considered to be unemployed.
Approximately 7,5 million workers were away from work in the UK in June with over 3 million of these being away for three months or more.
The UK is in a recession and hard times are here to stay for a while. I will not be surpriced if the unemployment rate rice in the future.
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