Unemployment and Racism: Asian Youth on the Dole

  • Avtar Brah
Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)


Black unemployment has risen dramatically over the last decade. Between 1973 and 1982 while total unemployment in Great Britain increased by 309 per cent registered unemployment among black people rose by 515 per cent. The proportion of the unemployed in 1973 who were black was 2.7 per cent. In 1982, the figure was 4.1 per cent (Runnymede Trust, 1983).1 A survey carried out by the Policy Studies Institute found unemployment rates of 13 per cent for whites, 25 per cent for people of Afro-caribbean origin and 20 per cent for those of Asian origin. Asian women were found to have an unemployment rate twice as high as white women, and Afro-caribbean women a rate one-and-a-half times that of white women (Brown, 1984).


Labour Market Black People Young Brother Career Teacher Asian Family 
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© British Sociological Association 1986

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