Covid jobs crisis hits young people and ethnic minorities the hardest: More than one fifth of BAME workers and 19% of 18-24 year olds who were furloughed are now unemployed, report reveals
- One in five furloughed 18 to 24-year-olds have already been thrown out of work
- Resolution Foundation says it’s the worst jobs crisis for young since early 1980s
- Jobless rate for 18-24 year olds almost doubled to 20 percent since crisis started
Young people and BAME workers are bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s jobs crisis, a report warns today.
Nineteen per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds who were furloughed are now unemployed, rising to a fifth for ethnic minorities.
The analysis by the Resolution Foundation lays bare the worst employment outlook for young people since the early 1980s.
Despite the Government pouring billions into the Job Retention Scheme to avert mass lay-offs, the report warns the bruising economic shocks of the pandemic are now starting to manifest.
It estimated the overall unemployment rate has risen from 4.5 per cent over the summer to 7 per cent last month.
Unemployment is rising fastest among young people, a Resolution Foundation report has estimated
It estimated the overall unemployment rate has risen from 4.5 per cent over the summer to 7 per cent last month
A report has warned youth unemployment is set to hit the highest level in four decades after the furlough scheme ends this weekend
The report, Jobs Jobs Jobs, zeroed in on the demographic groups especially hard-hit by lockdown.
The jobless rate for 18-24 year olds has almost doubled since the crisis started to 20 per cent.
Drilling down into the numbers, the authors conclude ‘young workers were not only much more likely to be furloughed, but are much more likely to have lost their job subsequently’.
Young people in work are also more likely to have taken a salary cut, with 15 per cent reporting they are on less pay than pre-pandemic, although this is only marginally less across other age groups.
The report also highlighted 22 per cent of BAME workers who were furloughed are now unemployed.
Kathleen Henehan, senior research and policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: ‘The first eight months of the Covid crisis have been marked by an almighty economic shock and unprecedented support that has cushioned the impact in terms of people’s livelihoods.
‘But the true nature of Britain’s jobs crisis is starting to reveal itself. Around one-in-five young people, and over one-in-five BAME workers, have fallen straight from furloughing into unemployment.’
‘Worryingly, fewer than half of those who have lost their jobs during the pandemic have been able to find work since. This suggests that even if the public health crisis recedes in a few months’ time, Britain’s jobs crisis will be with us for far longer.’
Geographical differences were also exposed and saw London suffer the biggest disruption to its jobs market
Analysis by the Resolution Foundation has found that one in five 18 to 24-year-olds who have been furloughed have since been thrown out of work
The hospitality industry was the hardest-hit sector of the jobs economy, with pubs and restaurants still hamstrung by curfews and tighter restrictions in Tiers 2 and 3.
Geographical differences were also exposed and saw London suffer the biggest disruption to its jobs market.
The job retention scheme – which has cost more than £41billon so far – has been credited with helping to prevent a jobs bloodbath since it was launched in the Spring.
But official figures released earlier this month revealed the biggest surge in redundancies in a quarter of a century over the summer.
They revealed the jobless total has surged above 1.5million – rising by 138,000 between June and August.
This was the largest increase since summer of 2009, in the depths of the last financial crisis.
Firms laid off 227,000 staff between June and the end of August, more than double the number made redundant in the previous quarter.
This amounted to the sharpest rise in redundancies since comparable records began in 1995.
It pushed up the crucial unemployment rate from 4.1 per cent to 4.5 per cent, the highest in three years.
But the Resolution Foundation believes official figures have masked the scale of the unemployment crisis and that the true jobless total is likely to have hit 2.5milllion last month.