Worklessness by ethnicity

What does this chart show?

This graph shows worklessness that is either unemployed or economically inactive by ethnicity in 2006 and 2016. It also shows the share of each ethnic group who are workless as a proportion of the total.


In 2016 the worklessness rate for all ethnic groups had fallen compared with 2006, with the exception of those of Mixed ethnicity. Those of Pakistani or Bangladeshi ethnicity had the highest unemployment rate in 2016 at 46%, a decrease of 11* percentage points from 2006. Worklessness was lowest among those of White ethnicity in both 2016 and 2006, at 21% and 26% respectively. Although the proportion of those of White ethnicity who are workless is low, because they make up the majority of the working-age population, they are also the largest share of the unemployed at 49%. This is lower than in 2006 when it was 54%.


The Mixed, Pakistani and Bangladeshi and Other ethnic groups increased as a share of the workless. This is despite the fact that for all apart from the Mixed ethnic group their rate of worklessness decreased. The changes noted above are in large part due to the change in London’s ethnic composition between 2006 and 2016. In 2006 65% of the working-age population was of White ethnicity, while in 2016 this had fallen to 60%.


* Number different due to rounding. 



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