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British young black people three times as likely to be unemployed as white peers

Ahmed Kaballo
Press TV, London

The unemployment gap between young black workers and young white workers in the UK was already wide but according to a new study, the inequality gap during the pandemic has worsened.

Young black people have been hardest hit by unemployment during the pandemic, new research indicates.  Over the past year, the UK jobless rate for young black people rose by more than a third to 35% according to the Resolution Foundation think tank. That compared with a rate of 13% for young white people and a rate of 24% for young people of Asian descent.

By the end of last year, unemployment among young black graduates had risen to 34%, up from 22% before the pandemic.

This research comes on the back of the government's recent controversial report into race relations in British society where they claimed the UK did not suffer from institutional racism and should be a model for other white-majority nations. 

Yet the research from Resolution Foundation along with other racial disparity statistics paints a very different picture which critics say the governments report failed to acknowledge.

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