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Youth unemployment statistics

Published Tuesday, December 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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499,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in August-October 2018, down 10,000 from the previous quarter and down 24,000 from the year before. By historic standards, unemployment levels for young people are low.

The fall in unemployment occurred alongside a decrease in the total population aged 16-24, which was 22,000 lower than the previous quarter and 92,000 lower than a year ago. The number of young people in employment increased over the past year by 10,000. The number who are economically inactive (not in or looking for work) decreased.

The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 11.5% in August-October 2018. This was down from 12.0% a year ago.

The inactivity rate for young people is 37.8%. Around three quarters of young people who are economically inactive are in full-time education.

The UK’s youth unemployment rate of 11.0% in April-June 2018 compared to a rate of 15.2% for the European Union as a whole.

Commons Briefing papers SN05871

Author: Olivia Phelan

Topic: Unemployment

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