UK GDP Data Sources

Finding GDP data from the ONS is often a struggle, so this is a reference page which I’ll keep updated with relevant links.

The ONS publish three sets of GDP data each quarter: Month 1, Month 2 and Month 3; giving estimates of growth in the preceding quarter, and revisions to older data.   The “Month 1″ figures only contain real GDP, using estimates of output from the Index of Services and Index of Production.  Month 2 gives us the first estimates of nominal GDP, with the breakdowns by category of income and of expenditure.  Month 3 is the Quarterly National Accounts, the first complete look at the national accounts for the quarter.

Every ONS data series has a unique code; for nominal GDP this is “YBHA”.  To look up the most recent data for a given series, you need to know whether the M2 or M3 data is current, i.e. which was most recently revised.  (If there is a way around that, I haven’t found it).

Below are the links for commonly used series from Month 2, in CSV format. The GDP data includes both quarterly and annual values, and monthly too for the inflation and employment series.  (CP = Current Prices, CVM = Chained Volume Measure)

Code Series
YBHA Gross Domestic Product at market prices: CP: SA
ABML Gross Value Added (Average) at basic prices: CP SA
YBEZ Gross domestic product index: CVM: SA
YBGB Gross Domestic Product (Expenditure) at market prices deflator: SA

Here are the corresponding links for Month 3:

Code Series
YBHA Gross Domestic Product at market prices: CP: SA
ABML Gross Value Added (Average) at basic prices: CP SA
YBEZ Gross domestic product index: CVM: SA
YBGB Gross Domestic Product (Expenditure) at market prices deflator: SA

The links for inflation data are always current:

Code Series
D7BT CPI INDEX 00 : ALL ITEMS- estimated pre-97 2005=100
EL2Q CPIY: Index level (2005=100)
EAC7 CPI-CT index level: all items: 2005=100
CHAW RPI: All items retail prices index (January 1987=100)
CHMK RPI: All items excluding mortgage interest (RPIX) (Jan 1987=100)
CDKO Long term indicator of prices of consumer goods and services (Jan 1974=100)

And finally, here are some of the employment series:

Code Series
MGSL LFS: Population aged 16+: UK: All: 000s: NSA:Annual = 4 quarter average
MGSF LFS: Economically active: UK: All: 000s: SA: Annual = 4 quarter average
MGRZ LFS: In employment: UK: All: Aged 16+: 000s:SA: Annual = 4 quarter average
MGSC LFS: Unemployed: UK: All: Aged 16+: 000s: SA: Annual = 4 quarter average
MGSI LFS: Econ inactive: UK: All: Aged 16+: 000s: SA: Annual = 4 quarter average
MGWG LFS: Economic activity rate: UK: All: All aged 16 and over: %: SA
MGSR LFS: Employment rate: UK: All: Aged 16 and over: %: SA
MGSX LFS: Unemployment rate: UK: All: Aged 16 and over: %: SA
YBTC LFS: Economic inactivity rate: UK: All: All aged 16 and over: %: SA
YBUS LFS: Total actual weekly hours worked (millions): UK: All: SA
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