Research reveals rise in unemployment for ethnic minorities during recession

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Government Equalities Office (GEO) have published alarming research which shows that the rate of unemployment for ethnic minority groups has increased at a higher rate than for the rest of the population during the recession.

While the white population of the UK has seen an increase of 2.8% in unemployment, people of African Caribbean origin have seen rises of 6.9%. The trend has accelerated in the past 6 months with people of Asian and African Caribbean origin seeing unemployment rise up to five times faster than their white counterparts.

Trevor Phillips, chair of the EHRC said: “The data for the last six months suggests a significant deterioration in employment for those from ethnic minority groups which risks undoing much of the progress made over the last few years. The adverse economic and social impacts of widespread youth unemployment can leave scars which will take many years to heal.

 'When the economy returns to growth, the challenge will be to ensure that no talent is constrained for arbitrary reasons, or needless barriers – something which is well within the power of a 21st century society to overcome.  This implies a fundamental re-examination of the culture and practices that underlie the way our society and workplaces operate.  No recovery can be complete without it.  With it, the UK can face up to the rigours of a competitive global economy with confidence.'

Full details of the research can be reviewed at the EHRC website

Monitoring update on the impact of the recession on various demographic groups


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