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Youth unemployment statistics

Published Tuesday, January 22, 2019

This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.

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511,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in September to November 2018, up 47,000 from the previous quarter and down 27,000 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 less than the previous quarter and 91,000 less than a year ago. The number of young people in employment increased slightly over the past year. 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 11.7% in September-November 2018. This is up from 10.8% in the previous quarter, but down from 12.2% a year ago.

Youth unemployment rate, % people aged 16-24

The inactivity rate for young people is 37.3%. Around three quarters of young people who are economically inactive are in full-time education.

The UK youth unemployment rate was 11.1% in April-June 2018, compared to 15.2% for the European Union as a whole.

Commons Briefing papers SN05871

Author: Matthew Keep

Topic: Unemployment

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