Working-age employment rate by ethnicity

Employment rates have increased since 2001/02 among most ethnic groups, with the biggest increases among Bangladeshi and Pakistani groups.  

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Employment rates have increased in the 15 years since 2001/02 among people of all ethnic groups except Chinese (where the rate is more or less unchanged). The biggest percentage point rises are for people in the Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnic groups, which had the lowest employment rates at the start of the period. These were also the only two groups where the employment rate increased significantly during the middle five years of this period, which included the 2008/9 recession.

This pattern is similar to the decrease in poverty rates suggesting that work has been an important factor in enabling many families from these groups to improve their living standards.