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Youth unemployment statistics

Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.

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547,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in October-December 2017, 30,000 more than the previous quarter but 20,000 less than the year before.

The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 12.5%, down slightly from 12.6% a year ago.

Excluding young people in full-time education, there were 366,000 people aged 16-24 unemployed, 27,000 more than the previous quarter but unchanged from the year before.

The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds not in full-time education was 11.0%, compared to 10.9% a year ago.

Although the total number of unemployed young people fell over the past year, this was accompanied by a 107,000 fall in the number of 16-24 year olds who are in work. The number of young people who are economically inactive (not in work and not looking for work) rose by 33,000. Over the same period, the total population aged 16-24 decreased by 94,000.

Youth unemployment across Europe

The UK's youth unemployment rate of 11.9% in July-September 2017 compared to a rate of 16.7% for the European Union as a whole.

Greece had the highest youth unemployment rate in the European Union, at 40.3%. Germany had the lowest rate at 6.6%.

Commons Briefing papers SN05871

Author: Andy Powell

Topic: Unemployment

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