This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.Jump to full report >>
493,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in March to May 2019, down 17,000 from the previous quarter and 27,000 from the year before. By historical standards, unemployment levels for young people are low.
For context, it is worth noting that the total population aged 16-24 has been declining in recent years; it was 22,000 lower than the previous quarter and 87,000 less than a year before. The number of young people in employment decreased by 57,000 over the past year. The number who are economically inactive (not in or looking for work) decreased by 3,000.
The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 11.6% in February to April 2019. This is up from 11.3% in the previous quarter and down from 12.0% a year before.
The inactivity rate for young people is 38.4%. Over three quarters of young people who are economically inactive are in full-time education.
The UK youth unemployment rate was 10.4% in January-March 2019, compared to 14.4% for the European Union as a whole.
Commons Briefing papers SN05871
Authors: Andy Powell; Brigid Francis-Devine