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White men hit hardest by the effects of unemployment

Dr Carolina Zuccotti, research fellow and Professor Jacqueline O’Reilly, Head of CROME*, recently analysed 2001 census data on 57, 385 people aged 16-19 in England and Wales to study the long-term effects of unemployment on young people of different ethnicity.

On Wednesday 7 September, the two Brighton Business School researchers shared with the British Sociological Association, that being out of work can significantly cut the chances of finding a job a decade later, with white men amongst the hardest hit.

Professor Jacqueline O’Reilly, Head of CROME

Professor Jacqueline O’Reilly

Dr Carolina Zuccotti, Research Fellow

Dr Carolina Zuccotti, Research Fellow

Dr Zuccotti said: “We observe that young men from ethnic minority backgrounds who were not working or studying in 2001 have similar or even higher probabilities of being in work in 2011 as compared to the white British.

“The fact that some ethnic minorities are less penalized from previous unemployment or inactivity compared to some of their white British counterparts is in part good news in terms of integration processes.

“However, significant concerns remain regarding employment probabilities among young white British men, but also among ethnic minority women, who are increasingly left behind.”

You can read the full article here.

*CROME is the Business School’s Centre for Research on Management and Employment bridges professional and academic knowledge on managing change at work and in employment. We proactively engage with practitioners and institutions in order to encourage fairer work places, constantly translating our research into practice.

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Clare Prust • September 7, 2016

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