Friday, 22 March 2013


Young black males in the UK are more than twice as likely to be unemployed than their white counterparts, new Government statistics reveal.

The ONS figures state that white males between the ages of 16 and 24 have an unemployment rate of 21.2%, whereas black males in the same age group have an unemployment rate of 49.2%.

Young Asian men have an unemployment rate of 34%, and young males of mixed race have a rate of 25.9%.


The figures were published by the ONS in a document entitled ‘Unemployment among young Black males 2005–2012’ and pertain to the fourth quarter of 2012. The rates are for men classed as being of the ‘economically active population’ and include those in full-time education.

Overall, the male youth unemployment rate has risen from 15% in 2007 to 22.9% (approximately 566,000 individuals) in 2012. The white percentage has risen by 7.3% in that time, while the black rate has risen by 17.4%.

The findings paint a similar picture to other recent statistics released by the ONS that show that whites of working age (16–64) have the lowest unemployment rate of all ethnicities resident in the UK. 

The ONS data can be found here (Excel file).


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