Half of UK’s young black males are unemployed

  • More than half of young black men available for work in Britain are now unemployed
  • The youth unemployment rate for black people has increased at almost twice the rate for white 16- to 24-year-olds since the start of the recession in 2008.
  • Young black men are the worst affected of all. Unemployment among young black men has doubled in three years, rising from 28.8% in 2008 to 55.9% in the last three months of 2011.

Unemployment rate for black 16 to 24-year-olds available for work now double that for white counterparts  Unpublished government statistics seen by the Guardian :

This issue has been apparent for some time around where I live – but I wasn’t sure if it was just local. The other thing that is apparent locally is the growing gulf between employed and unemployed young black men.

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