Worklessness by ethnic group

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Proportion of London's working-age population who are not in paid work by ethnic group (2008/09 and 2018/19)

In the decade up to 2018/19, 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. White people have the lowest rate of being out of work (21%). 

The largest proportional change between 2008/09 - 2018/19 was for Indians, where the percentage of people not in work fell by more than a quarter. There are many reasons why an individual aged 16-64 might not be in paid work including studying, long-term illness, looking after the home and unemployment.

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