Some Black and Asian communities twice as likely to be out of work

By staff writers
January 12, 2014

In the year to September 2013, the unemployment rate for the Black and the Pakistani/Bangladeshi communities was 12 per cent, compared to six per cent for white jobseekers.

The startling contrast has been revealed in new figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) last week.

Commenting on the important issue of employment and ethnicity, Trades Union Congress (TUC) General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:“The jobs picture may be slowly improving, but these figures suggest that the recovery and the return to employment are not being experienced equally across all the UK’s different communities.

“Last year the unemployment rate for people from the black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities was twice that of white jobseekers.

“Rather than leave people from some ethnic backgrounds to languish on the dole, the government should do much more to help black and Pakistani youngsters – as well as the long-term unemployed from within these communities – with targeted support so they can more easily find work.”

* The DWP figures can be found at:


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