Almost half of black people aged between 16 and 24 are unemployed, compared with 20% of white people of the same age.

  • Black unemployment had risen 13% since March 2008, compared with 8% among white people and 6% among Asians.
  • Amongst black men, unemployment is about 20% – if a quarter of adult males don’t work for 10-20 years, it doesn’t give communities much aspiration, it demoralises and dissuades young people.
  • The IPPR found that young women with no qualifications were the worst hit across all age groups with unemployment at 46%, up by 18% from March 2008.
  • Youth unemployment followed similar regional patterns to adult unemployment – and areas worst hit were those dependent on manufacturing and construction industries.
  • The scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and introduction of maintenance loans in education acts as a barrier to many disadvantaged people
  • Black Caribbean pupils are three times as likely to be excluded from school as White pupils.

(Institute for Public Policy Research, 2010)

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