Close to half of all black youths are unemployed. They have been hit three times harder during the pandemic than white workers of the same age.
The Guardian newspaper reports that more than 40 per cent of working age black youths have no job.
Forty years on from the Brixton riots, which spread across the UK during a recession in which black people lost their jobs in disproportionate numbers, experts are warning that coronavirus has exposed deep-rooted inequalities that still exist in the employment market.
The black youth unemployment rate was the same in the last quarter of 2020 as in the early 1980s, around the time the riots took place.
Between October and December 2020, 41.6% of black people aged 16-24 were unemployed – the highest rate since the last financial crisis, Guardian analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals. Unemployment among white workers of the same age stood at to 12.4%.
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