27,000 more young women unemployed – official stats

Tuesday 22 January 2019

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

  • in the last quarter (September-November 2018) 145,000 young women were unemployed, compared to 118,000 in June-August 2018; and
  • 383,000 women aged 16 to 24 who were economically inactive (not working or currently looking for work) and not in education or training – a slight decrease on the previous quarter but a 40,000 increase on the period the previous year.

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

“Today’s record high UK employment figures are welcome news but unemployment among young women has risen by 27,000 since the previous quarter. In total, more than half a million young women are out of work and full-time education.

“Equally, it is fantastic that pay has grown at the fastest rate on record in the last quarter but in-work poverty remains rife. For many, an hour’s childcare still costs more than an hour’s wages.

“Much more needs to be done to support young women – many of whom tell us they want to work and live independently.

“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.”


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 September 2018 to November 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.