Young ethnic minorities continually bear the brunt of recessions – here’s how to stop it
The official unemployment figures that have just been published for the last quarter of 2020 reveal the continued economic impact of COVID-19 on Britain’s ethnic minority groups.
Among all groups, Black African/Caribbean people fared worst, with unemployment rates reaching 13.8% in the period from October to December 2020. The White unemployment rate has not reached that level since the early 1990s and was 4.5% in the same period.
In this new article for The Conversation, drawing on their research on the impact of the pandemic on the employment market, Ken Clark and Steve Nolan show how young people from ethnic minorities are already experiencing worse outcomes. The authors call for decisive action from policymakers to ensure that, as the economic fallout from the pandemic continues, ethnic minority young people do not face even greater inequalities.