Report of APPG inquiry into ethnic minority female unemployment

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Race and Community published its report on ethnic minority female unemployment following its inquiry into the issue.

The inqury into ethnic minority female unemployment took place between July and November 2012. Evidence was collected in parliamentary oral evidence sessions, in local focus groups and through written submissions from a range of organisations and individuals.

The inquiry found that the unemployment rates of Black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage women have remained consistently higher than those of white women since the early 1980s. Indeed, despite the more frequent attention given to the unemployment rates of ethnic minority men, the overall unemployment rate of ethnic minority women is actually higher, 14.3% compared to 13.2%. When looking at the groups which are the focus of this inquiry – Black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women – these women are far more likely to be unemployed than both white men and white women. Pakistani and Bangladeshi women are particularly affected, with 20.5% being unemployed compared to 6.8% of white women, with 17.7% of Black women also being unemployed.

Click here for details on Runnymede’s website

Click here for BBC report (2 December 2012)

Click here for report in the Guardian (7 December 2012)