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NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training

Published Thursday, April 6, 2017

826,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the fourth quarter of 2016, representing 11.5% of the age group.

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Please note this paper will not be updated over the dissolution period.

New data relevant to this paper will be published on 25 May 2017. You can find the latest information in the source material: ONS, Young people not in education, employment, training (NEET): May 2017 table 1.

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

  • 826,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the fourth quarter of 2016, representing 11.5% of the age group.

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

  • 60.6% of unemployed 16-24 year-olds were NEET in October- December 2016 and the remaining 39.4% were in education or training.
  • 41.7% 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 (15.2%), Yorkshire and the Humber (13.1%) and the West Midlands (12.5%).

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

Author: Jennifer Brown

Topics: Economic situation, Unemployment

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