The figures suggest that the Coaltion has had a negative influence on BAME unemployment. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty
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Black and minority ethnic youth unemployment "rose by 50% under the coalition"

New statistics suggest that over 40,000 black, Asian and ethnic minority people aged 18 to 24 have been unemployed for more than 12 months.

The number of young people from black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds in long-term unemployment has increased by 50% since 2010, according to Labour. 

The number of BAME 16 to 24-year-olds out of work for more than 12 months has increased to 41,000 - accounting for one-fifth of youth unemployment - according to an analysis of official figures by the House of Commons Library and the Office for National Statistics.

The significance of this rise is thrown in to sharp relief when compared to the trends for young white people. There was a 2% fall in long-term unemployment among young white people, resulting in an overall fall in long-term youth unemployment of 1%.

Labour attributed the rise to the Coalition's "shocking complacency".

“These figures are astonishing,” said the shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan. “At a time where general unemployment is going down and employment is going up, it is doing the reverse for this group… we have got a generation that is being thrown on the scrapheap, and what compounds it is that a disproportionate number are black, Asian, minority ethnic.”

Jonathan Portes, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, told the NS: "High levels of unemployment in this group are a long-standing problem and a serious one, but, as the sample size for this group is small, it's difficult to conclude from this data that things are necessarily getting worse."

Labour used the statistics to highlight their "approach to race quality", drawing attention to their BAME manifesto and Jobs Guarantee. The party states: "Labour’s pledge to guarantee every young person out of work for over a year and claiming benefits a paid starter job and training will help more than 3,200 BAME young people back into work."

Portes emphasised that Labour's proposed policy may not be enough to tackle the issue, adding, "Labour's Jobs Guarantee clearly doesn't address the scale of the problem - 3,200 young people is a very small proportion of the total."

Anna Leszkiewicz is a pop culture writer at the New Statesman.

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.