8,000 more young women unemployed

Tuesday 19 February 2019

YWT LOGOToday’s UK labour market figures from the Office for National Statistics show that:

  • in the last quarter 139,102 women aged 16 to 24 were unemployed and not in full-time education – an increase of 8,244 on the previous comparable quarter; and
  • in total between October and December 508,324 young women were out of work and full-time education (either unemployed or economically inactive), compared to 443,107 young men – a difference of 65,200.

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

“As employment levels move in the right direction for many, young women must not be left behind. More than half a million young women in the UK are out of work, and the number who are unemployed increased by more than 8,000 in the last quarter.

“Young Women’s Trust research shows that most of these young women want to work. The Government needs to give them support to do so – by ensuring that decent jobs are available, that work pays more than childcare and that young women are equipped with the skills our economy needs.

“Helping these young women into 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 18-30 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 October 2018 to December 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.