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NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training

Published Tuesday, June 21, 2016

865,000 16-24 year-olds - or 12.0% of all young people aged 16-24 - were NEET in January-March 2016, roughly the same as the previous quarter and down 68,000 from a year before.

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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.

  • 865,000 16-24 year-olds - or 12.0% of all young people aged 16-24 - were NEET in January-March 2016, roughly the same as the previous quarter and down 68,000 from a year before.

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.

  • 60.3% of unemployed 16-24 year-olds were NEET in January-March 2016 – up by 2.3% points from the previous quarter and 2.1% points higher than January-March 2015.
  • 44.0% of all people who were NEET were also unemployed while the rest were economically inactive – up by 1.9% points from the previous quarter but down 1.7% compared to January-March 2015.

In October-December 2015 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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