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Youth unemployment statistics

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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

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528,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in May-July 2017, 36,000 fewer than the previous quarter and 92,000 fewer than the year before.

The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 11.9%, down from 13.6% a year ago.

Excluding young people in full-time education, 348,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed in May-July 2017, 17,000 fewer than the previous quarter and down 62,000 from the year before.

The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds not in full-time education was 10.3%, compared to 11.9% a year ago.

To put these changes in context, the total population aged 16-24 is also falling (down 95,000 in the year to May-July 2017). Figures are based on a survey so some of the reported changes may arise from survey error rather than actual movements in the levels.

 

 

Commons Briefing papers SN05871

Author: Feargal McGuinness

Topic: Unemployment

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