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Not working - Exploring changing trends in youth worklessness in the UK, from the 1990s to the Covid-19 pandemic

12 June 2022

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Not working Exploring changing trends in youth worklessness in the UK, from the 1990s to the Covid-19 pandemic Louise Murphy June 2022 resolutionfoundation.org @resfoundation Not working | Exploring changing trends in youth worklessness in the UK, from the 2 1990s to the Covid-19 pandemic Acknowledgements This work is generously funded by the Health Foundation, as part of the Young people’s future. [...] The fall in worklessness has happened at the same time as a rise in the fraction of young people in full-time education Alongside the fall in worklessness seen in recent decades, the proportion of young people who are in full-time education has increased. [...] The fall in economic inactivity among young women reflects a reduction in the number of women who are out of work to care for family As shown in Figure 11, the most dramatic change has been the reduction in the number of young women who are economically inactive in order to look after family, which between 2006 and 2021 fell by 220,000 (78 per cent), to 62,000. [...] The link between mental health problems and worklessness is worrying, because the frequency and severity of mental health problems among young people are on the rise The evidence discussed above – that young people with mental health problems are both more likely to become workless and remain workless for longer – is particularly worrying in light of the fact that the frequency and severity of men. [...] Even in the context of a tight labour market, with low rates of youth unemployment, we would expect the increase in young people who are inactive due to health problems to begin to outpace the fall in young women who are inactive due to family care: given that the number of young women who are inactive due to family care was less than 65,000 in 2021, the huge reductions seen in recent decades cann.

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