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Youth unemployment statistics

Published Tuesday, November 13, 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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476,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in July-September 2018, down 16,000 from the previous quarter and down 41,000 from the year before. This is close to its lowest level since comparable records began in 1992.

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 also fell over the past year, as did the number of young people who are economically inactive (not in work and not looking for work). However, there has been an increase in the number of young people who are economically inactive over the last quarter.

The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 11.1% in July-September 2018. This was down from 11.9% a year ago and is close to the lowest rate since comparable records began in 1992.

This is despite the inactivity rate for young people being at its joint highest level since 1992 at 38.8%. 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: Andy Powell

Topic: Unemployment

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