In addition to the overall rates and figures, differences between demographic groups were also apparent. Age is a key factor in unemployment, with youth data being of particular interest and a crucial indicator for the economic outlook.
In the United Kingdom, from the year 2000 to 2016, youth unemployment (18-24 year olds) grew by net 1.1 percent to 11.7 percent. By way of comparison, the unemployment rates for people aged 25 to 34 years in the United Kingdom shrank by 1.8 percent, to a rate of 4.4 percent in 2016, which was below the EU average; and of course far below the likes of Spain and Greece which in early 2017 had exceeded the 40 percent mark.
Differences can also be observed between men and women. Whilst both genders experienced a net decrease in unemployment rates of 0.5 percent from 2000 to 2016, a consistently higher share of men were unemployed.