20,000 more young women unemployed, says Young Women’s Trust

Tuesday 17 April 2018

YWTOffice for National Statistics figures released today (Tuesday 17 April 2018) show that: 

  • the number of unemployed women aged 16-24 who are not in full-time education has increased by 20,000 since this time last year - from 124,491 to 144,880; and
  • nearly half a million young women (496,385) are out of work and not in full-time education, including 351,500 who are “economically inactive” (out of work and not able to start work immediately). 

Commenting, Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said: 

“20,000 more young women are unemployed, meaning nearly half a million are out of work. Consistently, young people are telling us they want to work but are the most likely to be jobless.  

“Young women are getting shut out of the jobs market by employer discrimination, low pay and unaffordable childcare. 

“Much more needs to be done to improve young people’s prospects. This means giving them the right skills and support to find jobs, ensuring decent and flexible jobs are available, and extending the National Living Wage to under-25s, so they are paid the same amount for the same work. This will not only help them to become financially independent but will benefit businesses and the economy too.” 


Notes to editor: 

1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.

2. The Office for National Statistics today (Tuesday) released the latest labour market statistics for the period from December 2017 to February 2018. The data about the number of young people in work can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/datasets/educationalstatusandlabourmarketstatusforpeopleagedfrom16to24seasonallyadjusteda06sa

3. The figures show that there were 144,880 women aged 16-24 who are out of work from December 2017 to February 2018. This compares to 124,491 for the same period last year.

4. Of the women aged 16-24 not in full-time education, 351,505 are economically inactive (out of work and unable to start work immediately) and 144,880 are unemployed. In total, this means 496,385 young women are out of work and not in full-time education.

5. For more information or to speak to a case study, please contact Bex Bailey on 07963018281 or Bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org.