Youth Unemployment in Warwickshire

Youth unemployment has been in the national headlines in recent days, with more than one million people aged 16 to 24 unemployed across the UK in September 2011.  The government has announced significant funding to support a new ‘youth contract scheme’ aimed at tackling the issue.

The attached graphic presents some headlines on the state of youth unemployment in Warwickshire.  The number of young people aged 18 to 24 claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance (a different measure to that usually quoted in the media) is currently around 2,700. This translates as 6.3% of all 18 to 24 year olds in the county, which is lower than the national claimant rate of 7.9%.

Our Quality of Life 2011/12 Report highlighted the persisting (and often increasing) inequalities that exist across Warwickshire.  Youth unemployment typifies this; our most recent analysis demonstrates that the percentage of 18 – 24 year olds claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance varies considerably across the county, with rates as high as 18% in some wards but less than 1% elsewhere in the county. 

Furthermore, seven of the ten highest youth unemployment rates are located in Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough.  Conversely, eight of the ten lowest rates are in Stratford-on-Avon District.

View the graphic here.


2 Responses

  1. The Guardian has published an interactive map illustrating youth unemployment rates across the country. It helps place the Warwickshire figures in context and demonstrates how the county is positioned on the fringe of the lowest unemployment rates found in the southeast. As with many national datasets, we see that our two southern districts (Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick) share figures similar to those in the southeast, whereas the rest of the county has more similarities with the West Midlands region.

    See the national map here >

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