Young people in the labour market

Young people in the labour market: ONS

  • The number of people aged 16 to 24 in full-time education has more than doubled over the last 30 years
  • 69% of young people not in full-time education were employed at the end of 2013
  • The proportion of young people undertaking work alongside full-time study has been falling since the year 2000
  • Young people are most likely to work in the lowest skilled jobs in the economy
  • In the final quarter of 2013 the youth unemployment rate was similar to that in 1984
  • Around 13 in every 100 young people were unemployed, in the final quarter of 2013
  • The youth unemployment rate in the UK was lower than the European Union average in 2013
  • Wokingham had the highest youth employment rate, for those not in full-time education, across England and Wales
  • Hartlepool and Wolverhampton had the highest unemployment rates for young people who are not in full-time education across England and Wales
  • Barking and Dagenham had the highest inactivity rate for young people who are not in full-time education across England and Wales
  • Of all young people across local areas, Barking and Dagenham has the highest percentage who state they are not working because they are looking after the family or home. Neath Port Talbot has the highest percentage who say they are long term sick or disabled.
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