Workplace Report October 2021

Equality news

TUC: BAME unemployment rose disproportionately

The unemployment rate for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workers has risen at three times the speed of the rate for White workers, according to the TUC.

The union body says that findings released by the Office for National Statistics show that over the last year the unemployment rate for BAME workers has risen from 6.1 to 8% (1.9 percentage points or a 31% increase) three times the speed of the unemployment rate for White workers, which has risen from 3.6 to 4% (0.4 percentage points or an 11% increase).

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, we can’t allow these inequalities in our jobs market to continue. Ministers must take decisive action.”