Over Half Of UK’s Young Black Men Unemployed

A startling statistic reveals that over half of the United Kingdom’s black men between the age of 16 and 24 are unemployed, more than twice the rate of white young men.

ONS data also reveals that the rate of increase in unemployment has increased by twice of that of their white counterparts since recession started in 2008. It was 28.8% in 2008 and now sits at a staggering 56.9% in 2011. This is more than double the unemployment rate for young white people, which increased from 15% in 2008 to 20.8% in 2011. Unemployment among young black women, while still higher than any other ethnic group, is lower than the black male percentage, at 39.1%.

The stats differ from the  Department for Work and Pensions which stresses that the overall proportion of young black people who are unemployed is only 22%.  Their estimates  includes students and others not available for work, whereas the ONS calculates the official unemployment rate as a percentage of the economically active population.

Some will point to the fact people in the age-range under consideration are either not likely to be actively seeking employment or just unable to find even part-time work as a student. Some will say those are in university may be classified as those falling into economically inactive bracket too. It must however be noted that young black men are unlikely to seek higher education.

While there have been concerted efforts by some organisations to deal with ethnic discrimination, the statistics show that there is still quite a way to go.

Source: The Guardian, UK