The UK’s unemployment rate is close to its lowest level since the 1970s.
But that’s not the whole story. About a quarter of people of working-age – about nine million people – don’t have jobs. Who are they?
Officially, about 1.3 million people in the UK are unemployed.
That’s 3.7% of the working-age population (16-64 years old).
But that figure represents only a small part of the 10 million working-age people who aren’t in a paid job.
Nearly nine million of them aren’t called “unemployed”. That’s because they’re not actively looking for work, or available to start a job.
In fact, more of them say they want a job (1.7 million people) than are officially unemployed.
The main reasons for not working vary according to age.
Most of the 2.7 million “inactive” people under 25 are students, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The majority of them don’t want a job.
You can see that in the graphic below. Click…