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NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training

Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016

843,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the second quarter of 2016, representing 11.7% of the age group.

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‘NEET’ stands for young people aged 16-24 Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).

  • 857,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the third quarter of 2016, representing 11.9% of the age group.

Not all unemployed 16-24 year-olds are NEET and not all people who are NEET are unemployed:

  • 62% of unemployed 16-24 year-olds were NEET in July- September 2016 and the remaining 38% were in education or training.
  • 43% of all people who were NEET were unemployed, while the rest were economically inactive.

In England, the regions with the highest proportion of 16-24 year-olds NEET were the North East (18.6%), Yorkshire and the Humber (17.5%) and the West Midlands (14.9%).

The proportion of 15-19 year-olds who are NEET in the UK is above the OECD average, but below average for 20-24 year olds.

Commons Briefing papers SN06705

Authors: James Mirza Davies; Jennifer Brown

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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