Black youth unemployment rate of 40% similar to time of Brixton riots, data shows

Guardian analysis shows young black workers hit disproportionately hard by Covid pandemic

Young black workers have been hit disproportionately hard during the pandemic, according to Guardian analysis, with more than 40% unemployed – three times worse than white workers of the same age.

Forty years on from the Brixton riots, which spread across the UK during a recession in which black people lost their jobs in disproportionate numbers, experts are warning that coronavirus has exposed deep-rooted inequalities that still exist in the employment market.

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