11,000 more young women out of work, says Young Women’s Trust

Tuesday 12 June 2018

YWTData released today by the Office for National Statistics shows that 483,000 young women were out of work and full-time education in the last quarter – an increase of 11,000 on the same period last year:

  • 143,000 women aged 16-24 are unemployed – an increase of 8,000 on this time last year; and
  • 340,000 women aged 16-24 are economically inactive (not in work or able to start work immediately) – an increase of 3,000 on this time last year.

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

“The record rate of women’s employment is welcome, although the Office for National Statistics has pointed out that this is in part due to women retiring later. At the other end of the scale, young women are struggling to find work and make ends meet. 

“Young women tell us they want to work and be able to live independently but today’s figures show that nearly half a million are still out of work and full-time education – 11,000 more than this time last year. 

“Politicians must commit to improving young people’s prospects – or many will remain out of work and the economy will suffer. Young Women’s Trust is calling on the Government to give young women the right skills and support to find jobs, ensure decent and flexible jobs are available, and extend the National Living Wage to under-25s, so they are paid the same amount for the same work.” 

ENDS 

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 published UK labour market data for the period from February 2018 to April 2018.
  3. The data shows that 143,000 women aged 16-24 are unemployed and not in full-time education. They are actively seeking work. A further 340,000 women aged 16-24 are classed as “economically inactive” and not in full-time education. They are “economically inactive” because they are not able to seek work currently or not able to start work immediately – often due to childcare. They do not count as “unemployed”. 278,000 men aged 16-24 are economically inactive and not in full-time education – 62,000 fewer than the number of women.
  4. Young Women’s Trust released a report looking into the reasons behind young women’s economic inactivity in November 2017. The research shows that a third of economically inactive women want to work now and 86 per cent at some point in the future but they are not given the support they need.
  5. For more information or to speak to a young woman who is affected, please contact Bex Bailey on 07963018281 or bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org.

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