Furloughed ethnic minorities and young hit hardest by job losses

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Report reveals groups with highest rates of unemployment as job support scheme ends

One in five ethnic minority workers and a similar number of young people who were furloughed during the first coronavirus lockdown have since lost their jobs, according to a report.

The Resolution Foundation said young, and black, Asian and minority ethnic workers were struggling most as redundancies accelerate at the fastest rate on record and the government gradually scales back its flagship furlough scheme, which is due to close this week.

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