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The age of unemployment

Each of the bubbles on this chart refers to an age group within the labour market, from 16 through to 64. The “16 – 17” and “18 – 24” bubbles represent young people, and are well worth watching.
It is also interesting to look at how people in the 50+ bracket are faring, given increasing pressures on pensions and the risks they face of being forced out of the job market.

You can explore these groups in terms of employment, unemployment and inactivity (ie people not looking for work).
You can also switch between the rate and the absolute numbers of people in and out of work.
The chart makes it clear that unemployment has got a lot worse during the recession, and that some groups – especially young people – have been particularly badly affected.

All data from ONS Labour Market Statistics April 2012.