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NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training

Published Friday, March 4, 2016

853,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the fourth quarter of 2015 (October-December 2015), down 5,000 from the previous quarter and down 110,000 from October-December 2014.

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‘NEET’ stands for young people aged 16-24 Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). A person identified as NEET is either unemployed or economically inactive and is either looking for work or is inactive for reasons other than being a student or a carer at home.

853,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the fourth quarter of 2015 (October-December 2015), down 5,000 from the previous quarter and down 110,000 from October-December 2014.

In October-December 2015, 11.8% of all young people aged 16-24 were NEET.

Not all unemployed 16-24 year olds are NEET and not all people who are NEET are unemployed. Some young people are identified as unemployed because they are in education or training. Others are identified as economically inactive because they are not looking for work and/or are unavailable to start work.

From October-December 2015, 57.5% of unemployed 16-24 year olds were NEET, the remaining 42.5% were in education or training. 42.0% of people who were NEET were unemployed, the rest were economically inactive.

In England, the regions with the highest proportion of 16-24 year olds who are NEET were the North East (16.1%), the North West (14.1%), and Yorkshire & Humber (13.1%).

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

Those eligible for free school meals, those who have been excluded or suspended from school, those with their own child and those who have a disability are more likely to be NEET.

Schemes introduced by the previous Government with elements aimed at reducing the number of young people who are NEET included: raising the participation age and the Work Programme.

Commons Briefing papers SN06705

Author: Jeanne Delebarre

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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