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Youth unemployment statistics

Published Tuesday, May 15, 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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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.

Youth unemployment across Europe

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

Topic: Unemployment

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