This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.Jump to full report >>
517,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in July-September 2017, 28,000 fewer than the previous quarter and 71,000 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 13.1% a year ago.
Excluding young people in full-time education, 340,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed in July-September 2017, 19,000 fewer than the previous quarter and down 56,000 from the year before.
The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds not in full-time education was 10.3%, compared to 11.7% 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 July-September 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: Andy Powell