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Youth unemployment statistics

Published Wednesday, January 24, 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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538,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in September-November 2017, 14,000 more than the previous quarter but 33,000 less than the year before.

The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 12.2%, down from 12.6% a year ago.

Excluding young people in full-time education, there were 355,000 people aged 16-24 unemployed, 12,000 more than the previous quarter but down 23,000 from the year before.

The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds not in full-time education was 10.6%, compared to 11.1% a year ago.

Although the total number of young people unemployed fell by 60,000 over the past year, this was accompanied by a 81,000 fall in the number of 16-24 year olds who are in work. However, the number of young people who are economically inactive (not in work and not looking for work) rose by 19,000. Over the same period, the total population aged 16-24 decreased by 94,000.

Youth unemployment across Europe

The UK's youth unemployment rate of 11.9% in July-September 2017 compared to a rate of 16.7% for the European Union as a whole.

Greece had the highest youth unemployment rate in the European Union, at 40.2%. Germany had the lowest rate at 6.6%.

Commons Briefing papers SN05871

Author: Andy Powell

Topic: Unemployment

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