The unemployment rate varies considerably among different ethnicities. This note looks at unemployment by ethnic background, including analysis by age group and gender.Jump to full report >>
The UK unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) was 4.2% in January-March 2018. The unemployment rate was 3.8% for the White ethnic group compared to 7.1% for people from a BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) background, although the rate varied between different ethnic minority groups.
Both these figures have decreased over the past year. In January-March 2017, the unemployment rate was 4.1% for the White ethnic group and 7.9% for people from a BAME background.
Following the recession unemployment rates increased, up to 7.8% for people from a White background and 14.7% for people from a BAME background. The rate for people from a BAME background only fell below the post-recession high for people from a white background in the last year.