The majority of black and ethnic minority communities have seen big increases in the levels of unemployment and economic inactivity over the last 8 years according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) data published this week.
This is of real concern as the levels of black unemployment among particular communities prior to the recession was already very high and any further increases could spell disaster for many communities throughout the country.
However, in looking in detail at the figures it is clear that the African, Caribbean Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities are bearing the brunt of the economic difficulties and associated effects of this recession.
Pakistani’s and Bangladeshi’s endure the highest rates of economic inactivity and compared to White Britons.
What do the statistics tell us?
Those who are neither in work or claiming benefit are deemed economically inactive (EI) by the LFS and are among Black British poorest communities.
- For White British communities we have seen the EI rate remain relatively stable. In 2002 the rate was 20.7% and in 2010 the rate is 20.4%. White unemployment rose from 4.5% to 7.5%.
- Black Caribbean’s have seen the EI rate drop from a high of 25.8 in 2002 to 19.7% in 2010 they also saw an unemployment rate that has climbed from 13% in 2002 to 15.4% today.
- Whilst Black Africans have seen their rate of EI of 31.9% drop marginally to 31.5% in 2010 they have seen their unemployment rate increase from 13.9% in 2002 to 15.3% in 2010.
- For Pakistanis the EI rate in 2002 was a jaw dropping 49.6% falling marginally to 43% today with an unemployment rate of 17.9% in 2002 now grown to 18.8% in 2010.
- For Bangladeshi’s the EI rate was highest of any ethnic group 53.3% in 2002 and reduced to 46.2% today with an unemployment rate in 2002 of 21.4% falling to 16.4% in 2010.
- For White and Asian category we see an EI rate of 32.4% in 2002 drop to 30.1% in 2010.
- Unemployment for this group was 16.7% in the final quarter of 2009 no preceding figures are available in addition this year are as yet available.
These are incredibly worrying figures with further increases in Black and ethnic minority unemployment expected as a result of the public sector cuts. Add to this the withdrawal of much needed public and voluntary sector services then the scenario becomes much more worrying.
In the weeks and months ahead the Coalition Government will need to explain how it intends to tackle the prospect of increased levels of unemployment and higher levels of economic inactivity for these communities.
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