PEOPLE from ethnic minorities suffer greater unemployment and take on more service industry jobs than white people, according to new statistics.
In the North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, and the West Midlands, whites were more than 20% more likely to be employed than non-whites.
And across the UK, 84% of people from ethnic minorities worked in the service industry compared to 74% of whites.
They were far more likely to be employed in areas such as retail, education, the civil service, hotels and restaurants and transport.
The data, published by the Office for National Statistics, covers the period from March 2002 to February 2003.
The breakdown shows that in some areas, 100% of non-whites worked in the service industry compared to between 70% and 80% of whites.
These included Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees in Teeside, York, South Staffordshire, Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Chichester, Arun and Horsham in West Sussex.
Unemployment rates were also higher among people from ethnic minorities.
In Yorkshire and Humberside and the West Midlands the gap was larger than 20%.