This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.Jump to full report >>
531,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in January-March 2018, 16,000 fewer than the previous quarter and 31,000 fewer than the year before.
The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 12.1%, down 0.4 percentage points from a year ago.
Excluding young people in full-time education, there were 356,000 people aged 16-24 unemployed, 11,000 less than the previous quarter and also down slightly from the year before.
The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds not in full-time education was 10.6%, compared to 10.7% a year ago.
The fall in unemployment over the past year was accompanied by a fall in the number of 16-24 year olds who are in work. However, there was a rise in the number of young people who are economically inactive (not in work and not looking for work). Over the same period, the total population aged 16-24 decreased by 94,000.
The UK's youth unemployment rate of 12.0% in October-December 2017 compared to a rate of 16.2% for the European Union as a whole.
Greece had the highest youth unemployment rate in the European Union, at 43.1%. The Czech Republic had the lowest rate at 5.7%.
Commons Briefing papers SN05871
Author: Andy Powell