This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.Jump to full report >>
494,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in June-August 2019, little change from the previous quarter and an increase of 27,000 from the year before. By historical standards, unemployment levels for young people are very low.
For context, it is worth noting that the total population aged 16-24 has been declining in recent years; in the year to June-August 2019 it decreased by 83,000. The number of young people in employment decreased by 124,000 over the past year, while the number who are economically inactive (not in or looking for work) increased by 14,000.
The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 11.8% in June-August 2019. This is up slightly from 11.6% in the previous quarter and up from 10.9% a year before.
The inactivity rate for young people is 39.2%. Three quarters of young people who are economically inactive are in full-time education.
The UK youth unemployment rate was 11.2%, compared to 14.3% for the European Union as a whole.
Commons Briefing papers SN05871
Authors: Andy Powell; Brigid Francis-Devine; Niamh Foley