House of Commons Library briefing paper: Youth Unemployment Statistics

The number of young people who are employed or unemployed has decreased from a year ago, but more young people are economically inactive (not in work and not seeking work).

This is from the August 2018 paper from the House of Commons Library on youth unemployment.

This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.

The report finds:

  • Excluding young people in full-time education, 330,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed, 26,000 fewer than the previous quarter and 29,000 fewer than the year before
  • The unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds not in full-time education was 10.0%, compared to 10.6% a year ago
  • 104,000 16-17 year olds were unemployed, while 927,000 were economically inactive and 358,000 were in work
  • 278,000 men aged 16-24 were unemployed in April-June 2018, down 40,000 from a year ago. The unemployment rate for men in this age group was 12.2%, compared to 13.7% a year ago
  • 214,000 women aged 16-24 were unemployed, down 13,000 from a year ago. The unemployment rate for women aged 16-24 was 10.4%, compared to 10.6% a year ago.

Read the paper in full.