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Unemployment by ethnic background

Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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 4.5% in July-September 2017. The unemployment rate was 4.0% for the White ethnic group compared to 7.8% 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 July-September 2016, the unemployment rate was 4.6% for the White ethnic group and 8.5% 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 in the latest quarter (July-September 2017) was equal to the post-recession high for people from a white background.



Commons Briefing papers SN06385

Author: Jennifer Brown

Topics: Ethnic groups, Unemployment

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