The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated July 2012
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking for the most recent estimate of the level of unemployment among young black men. (114804)
Estimates of unemployment come from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). For the period January-March 2012 it is estimated that there were 28,000 unemployed men aged 16 to 24 inclusive who reported their ethnicity as Black. This is an unemployment rate of 50 per cent.
As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. It is estimated that the true value is likely to lie between 18,000 and 38,000.