And almost a third of 16- to 24-year olds lived in poverty, compared with one in five 25- to 34- year-olds.
The same young group is significantly more likely than older groups to be stopped and searched by the police.
First, the report pays no attention to the incremental removal of welfare benefits for 16- to 24-year-olds, as the age thresholds at which they were entitled to benefits incrementally shifted upwards.
Second, its evidence omits the next stratum of low pay which shows that 72% of 18- to 21-year-olds earn below the “living wage”.
More than one in five of those able to work did not have a job in 2013.
Alongside this, some of the biggest declines in pay were experienced by 16- to 24-year-olds – a 60p/hour fall to £6.70.
Ross Fergusson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
Today, for a substantial minority of 16- to 24-year-olds, to be young is to be workless, poorly paid or just plain poor.
More unemployment and poverty coincided with less crime.
To explain this, one approach is to look at the data available to the EHRC on unemployment as it drew up its report.