Worklessness by ethnicity group

Proportion of London's working-age population who are not in paid work by ethnic group (2009/10 and 2020/21 Q3)

In the decade up to 2020/21, 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 39% of the working-age population not working. This is, however, down from 52% a decade ago. 

The largest fall in rates of worklessness can be seen in people of 'Other' ethnicity.

Indian people have the lowest rate of being out of work (21%), and White people have seen the smallest fall (of 5 percentage points) in the last decade. 

The definition of worklessness used here includes unemployment as well as many types of economic inactivity including looking after the family/home, students, long term and temporary sickness etc. (see our indicator on Reasons for Not Working for a full list of these groups). Therefore because of the large size of this group of people, the changes in unemployment caused by COVID-19 would not be expected to make large differences to this indicator.