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#Disparity: Figures reveal sharp increase in number of unemployed BAME youth

The number of out of work young Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workers has risen by nearly 50% since 2010 even as unemployment overall improves, new figures reveal.

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the number of unemployed young BAME youth aged 18 – 24 has risen by 49% since 2010 to a total of 41,000 who have been out of work for more than a year .

The figure equates to roughly 4% of all BAME youth in the age bracket.

The increase comes despite a decline in the number of unemployed youth overall.

These latest statistics follow concerns expressed by the Department for Work and Pensions said in 2014 that people from ethnic minority backgrounds were twice as likely to be unemployed than their white counterparts in the UK.

Labour Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said the figures showed that the Government is complacent when it comes to ethnic minorities.

“The Government’s failure to get to grips with BAME youth unemployment shows their complacency towards Britain’s ethnic minority communities.

“Ethnic minority Britons have been hit hard by the cost of living crisis and many communities are really struggling.  Labour’s BAME manifesto will outline our plan to build an economy that works for ethnic minority families and to tackle race inequality.”

Labour has pledged to guarantee every young person out of work for over a year and claiming benefits a paid starter job and training in a scheme that the party estimates will help more than 3200 BAME young people back to work.

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