Worklessness by ethnicity group

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 28 October 2020

Proportion of London's working-age population who are not in paid work by ethnic group (2009/10 and 2019/20)

In the decade up to 2019/20, every major ethnic group in London has seen a fall in the proportion of people who are not in paid work. 

People of Pakistani/Bangladeshi background have the highest rates of not being in paid work, with 41% of the working-age population not working. Although within this group we also see the largest fall, a decade earlier 54% of this group were not in paid work.

White people have the lowest rate of being out of work (20%) and also see the smallest fall (of 7 percentage points) in the last decade.