From the TUC

Young black men have experienced sharpest unemployment rise since 2010

17 Oct 2012, by in Labour market

TUC analysis published today, shows that young black men have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment since the coalition came to power, with more than one in four of all black 16-24 year olds (26 per cent) currently out of work.

The analysis is from official data on youth unemployment proportions and worklessness rates (16-24 year olds neither in work nor training) over the last decade.

The report also finds that

  • White and Asian youngsters are now twice as likely to be unemployed as those from the same ethnic group over the age of 24.
  • Young black men are more likely to be unemployed than any other ethnic group, with over one in four (26 per cent) currently out of work. Young black women are the next most likely to be out of work (17 per cent), followed by white and Asian men (both 16 per cent).
  • Young Asian women have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment over the last decade, rising from 6 per cent in 2002 to 13 per cent in 2012. However, they are still less likely to be unemployed than most other people their age.
  • The analysis shows that men are more likely to be unemployed than women amongst all ethnic groups, though the gender divide is starkest among white and black youngsters.
  • The proportion of young people who are not in work or education has been more stable, with worklessness rates for black and Asian youngsters actually falling between 2002 and 2010, most likely because high numbers of young people from these groups entered further and higher education.
  • However, in the last two years worklessness rates have started rising again. Young black men have once again been the most affected, increasing from 15 per cent to 22 per cent in the last two years. The scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and the abolition of college-based apprenticeships are likely to have played a key role in holding back education prospects for young black men.

Further TUC research on long-term youth unemployment, published earlier this week, found that the number of 16-24 year olds out of work for at least six months had increased by 23 per cent over the last two years.

Support programmes to help young people back into work have been cut by 26 per cent over the same time period, illustrating the government’s failure to put sufficient resources into tackling the UK’s youth jobs crisis.

Proportion of 16-24 year olds unemployed by gender and ethnicity, 2002-2012

    2002 2008 2010 2012
All White 8% 8% 12% 13%
  Asian or Asian British 8% 12% 13% 15%
  Black or Black British 13% 16% 19% 21%
Men White 10% 10% 15% 16%
  Asian or Asian British 10% 16% 15% 16%
  Black or Black British 14% 22% 21% 26%
Female White 6% 7% 9% 10%
  Asian or Asian British 6% 9% 11% 13%
  Black or Black British 11% 10% 16% 17%

Proportion of 16-24 year olds, not in employment and not in education by ethnicity and gender, 2002-2012 

    2002 2008 2010     2012
All White 13% 14% 16% All White 17%
  Asian or Asian British 17% 17% 16%   Indian 9%
            Pakistani & Bangladeshi 21%
  Black or Black British 17% 19% 15%   Black or Black British 21%
               
M White 12% 12% 16% M White 16%
  Asian or Asian British 13% 13% 12%   Indian 9%
            Pakistani &  Bangladeshi 18%
  Black or Black British 15% 19% 15%   Black or Black British 22%
               
F White 15% 15% 17% F White 17%
  Asian or Asian British 22% 21% 22%   Indian 10%
            Pakistani & Bangladeshi 23%
  Black or Black British 20% 19% 16%   Black or Black British 19%

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