14% rise in economic inactivity among young women

Tuesday 13 November 2018

YWT logoToday’s UK Labour Market figures from the Office for National Statistics show that:

  • in the last quarter there were 390,000 women aged 16 to 24 who were economically inactive (not working or currently looking for work) and not in education or training; and
  • this compares to 365,000 in the previous quarter – a rise of 25,000 – and 343,000 in July-September 2017 – a rise of 47,000, or 13.7 per cent. 

Responding, Dr Carole Easton OBE, Chief Executive of Young Women’s Trust, said: 

“While the Government rightly focuses on increasing employment, there are 390,000 forgotten young women who are economically inactive – 47,000 more than this time last year. 

“This is a significant and worrying increase – not least because Young Women’s Trust research shows that most of these young women want to work. We also know that they are not getting the help they need to find jobs. They are being let down by job centres that focus on sanctions not support. 

“Giving young women the support they need to find work 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 published UK labour market data for the period from July 2018 to September 2018.
  3. 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.
  4. For more information or to speak to a young woman who is affected, please contact Bex Bailey on 07963018281 or bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org.