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Unemployment by ethnic background

Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The unemployment rate varies considerably among different ethnicities. This note looks at unemployment by ethnic background, including analysis by age group and gender.

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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.

Commons Briefing papers SN06385

Author: Andy Powell

Topics: Ethnic groups, Unemployment

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