Youth Unemployment Statistics

There was an increase in youth unemployment in the latest quarter with a fall in employment. The number of young people who were economically inactive also increased.

There were 527,000 young people aged 16 to 24 who were unemployed in June to August 2023, an increase of 45,000 from the previous quarter and an increase of 155,000 from a year before.

The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16- to 24-year-olds was 12.5%. This is up from 11.4% in the previous quarter and from 9.0% from the year before.

The number who are economically inactive (not in or looking for work) increased by 30,000 compared to the previous quarter, though fell by 91,000 compared to the previous year.

The inactivity rate for young people was 38.4%, up from 38.2% in the previous quarter.

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