One in three black young people out of work amid Covid-19 pandemic, research reveals

Black young people have been hit far harder than their white peers by a surge in youth unemployment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a report has found. It found that existing inequalities based on ethnicity in 2019 have worsened amid the pandemic. During the second half of 2020 more than one in three (34 per cent) black young people aged 16-24 were out of work, up nine percentage points on the same period the previous year. Meanwhile, the proportion of their white peers who were unemployed was 13 per cent during the second half of 2020, up three percentage points on 2019’s figure for the same period. Read more.