According to the IPPR’s ‘Youth Tracker’, Issue 3, young black men were worst hit as a result of the recession. In comparing figures between the first quarter of 2008 (i.e. when the recession started) and the third quarter of 2009 the IPPR found that:
- Almost half (48%) of black or black British people aged 16–24 were unemployed.
- Unemployment among this group is up by 13% since the recession began
In using the claimant count statistics provided by the ONS website, the estimates for June 2010 are provided below:
|Area||Total||“Ethnic minority”||% of claimants EM||“Asian or Asian British”||% of claimants Asian/AB||“Black or Black British”||% of claimants Black/BB|
|England and Wales||341,010||51,420||15||20,385||6||17,365||5|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||41,550||4,705||11||2,810||7||785||2|
Table 1 Claimant Count 18-24 year olds in June 2010 [Source:ONS]
The table (the regional section) is sorted by the total number of JSA claimants and shows the West Midlands has the third highest total. What is striking is that the percentage of those classed as ‘ethnic minorities’ (of the total number claiming) is extremely high – 21%. This is by far the highest percentage outside of London. There is a similar record when looking at the percentage of Asian or Asian-British claimants: 11% of the total claims.
We are unable to compute the percentage of the population who are claiming as we do not have up-to-date statistics for the demographic profile in June 2010. However, what this does show is a real need to be able to communicate and engage with communities in different and separate ways.
Perhaps this further emphasises the IPPR’s conclusion that: “The findings suggest the Government’s pledge last year to ‘shield’ ethnic minorities by targeting support at disadvantaged groups has not proven effective.”
 IPPR Youth Tracker Issue 3 p11