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Youth unemployment statistics

Published Tuesday, July 17, 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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524,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in February-April 2018, about the same as the previous quarter and 43,000 fewer than the year before.

The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 12.0%, down from 12.5% a year ago.

Excluding young people in full-time education, 354,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed, a similar level to the previous quarter and down 12,000 from the year before.

The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds not in full-time education was 10.8%, 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 93,000.

Youth unemployment across Europe

The UK's youth unemployment rate of 11.5% in January-March 2018 compared to a rate of 15.6% for the European Union as a whole.

Greece had the highest youth unemployment rate in the European Union, at 43.6%. Germany had the lowest rate at 6.3%.

Commons Briefing papers SN05871

Author: Andy Powell

Topic: Unemployment

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