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Youth unemployment statistics

Published Tuesday, September 11, 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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488,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in May-July 2018, down 32,000 from the previous quarter and down 40,000 from the year before.

The total population aged 16-24 fell by 93,000 over the past year. Both the number of young people who are unemployed and the number in work decreased, but there was a rise in the number of young people who are economically inactive (not in work and not looking for work).

The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 11.3% in May-July 2018. This was down from 11.9% a year ago and is the lowest rate since comparable records began in 1992.

Youth unemployment rate 1992-2018

Youth unemployment across Europe

The UK's youth unemployment rate of 11.7% 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 43.7%. Germany had the lowest rate at 6.3%.

Commons Briefing papers SN05871

Author: Feargal McGuinness

Topic: Unemployment

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