Unemployment is on the rise among young adults in Birmingham - with one in every five in their early 20s now out of work .

New figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that nearly 20% of 20-24 year olds in our city were unemployed in 2018 - around 11,400 people.

That’s up from the 16% who were unemployed in 2017.

Charities have said the increase is “alarming”.

In comparison, overall unemployment in Birmingham dropped to 8% last year - the lowest level in at least nine years, and down from a peak of 15% in 2011.

The figure excludes students and those who can’t work because they are ill or disabled, or because they are full-time carers for their children or other family members.

The rise in unemployment in young adults in Birmingham means that people of this age group are now more than twice as likely to be out of work in the city than they are nationally.

Across the UK, some 9% of 20-24 year olds were unemployed in 2018 - the same rate as in 2017, which was the lowest level on recent record.

  

'Alarming'

Ian Jeffers, deputy CEO at The Prince’s Trust said: “The fact that unemployment rates among young adults in some areas are increasing so drastically should be alarming to us all.

“Young people should start their working lives feeling positive and ready to embrace the opportunities available to them, instead of struggling to get a foot on the ladder and feeling worried about their future.

“It is only through working together as a community that we can really transform their prospects for the future.

“We need a renewed focus on creating a positive future for our young people, because when they succeed, our country succeeds.”

 

Nationally, young men are more likely than young women to be unemployed, but the opposite is true in Birmingham

While 10% of 20-24 year old men across the UK are unemployed compared to 8% of women, the same was the case for 15% of millennial men and 25% of millennial women in Birmingham.