Labour market overview March 2020

UK labour market statistics

Below you will find the latest labour market statistics for February, the data in this piece is taken from the ONS report.

Headlines For November 2019 To January 2020

  • employment rate was estimated at a record high of 76.5%, 0.4 percentage points higher than a year earlier and 0.3 percentage points up on the previous quarter.
  • unemployment rate was estimated at 3.9%, largely unchanged compared with a year earlier and 0.2 percentage points higher than the previous quarter.

Youth Unemployment 16 – 24 Year Olds

Over 506,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in November 2019 – January 2020, an increase of 26,000 from the previous quarter and a increase of 6,000 from the year before

  • The Youth Unemployment rate is 11.7%, this is up from 11.3% in the previous quarter and up from 11.5% a year before.
  • The UK Youth Employment rate is 55.5%, up  0.5% from the previous quarter

Our View

We are welcoming discussions with colleagues across the sector to explore more effective ways of using and categorising the data around young people and their employment journeys, the sector is broadly in agreement that this data only tells us so much.

We are still hearing from young people that they are facing many barriers to entering work, a lack of work experience, careers advice and mental health worries are just some of the growing concerns. Our Youth Employment Manifesto covers many of the big issues young people are facing, we remain committed to eradicating youth employment and working with all stakeholders to drive real change.

For more information, please email info@youthemployment.org.uk or call 01536 513388.

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