Unemployment: Young People

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd June 2021.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of trends in the level of youth unemployment in each region across the UK.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The most reliable data on youth unemployment in each region / nation of the UK is drawn from the Annual Population Survey. This is publicly available from the nomis website, at:

https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/datasets/aps170

The ONS also produce experimental statistics on ‘Regional labour market: Estimates of unemployment by age’, which is available at:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peoplenotinwork/unemployment/datasets/regionalunemploymentbyagex02

This latter source is less reliable, as it is based on the Labour Force Survey which has a smaller sample size. However, its results are more timely.

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